A Deputy General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mustapha Gbande, is accusing the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of abusing incumbency in today’s by-election at Kumawu in the Ashanti Region.
According to him, the governing party has moved all government machinery to Kumawu just to ensure their win the by-election.
He alleged the government has hired all the hotels in the area.
“The party has booked all hotels from Ejisu to Kumawu all in the Kumasi metropolis for the members of the government machinery in their bid to sway the electorate,” he said.
Mr Gbande spoke in an interview on Accra 1000.5 FM's morning show dubbed Ghana Yenson hosted by Odehyeeba Kofi Essuman on Tuesday, May 23, 2023
He accused the NPP of buying votes ahead of the election by sharing clothes, rice and oil among others.
Meanwhile, he argued, the area has not seen any proper development under the NPP except the NDC’s regime.
“We [NDC] gave them potable water and a hospital which was 70 per cent complete which was abandoned by the NPP upon assuming office in 2017,” he said.
“As a party, we gave the people of Kumawu a governor of the Bank of Ghana and later Minister of Finance,” he said while questioning what the NPP has done for the people of Kumawu “aside from buying the votes of the people with the construction of roads.”