At a meeting of the NDC in Dome-Kwabenya, the Constituency Chairman Isaac Nii Lantey Lamptey and Thomas Dodzi Tsoekeku, the Constituency Secretary confessed to the other members of the Constituency
Executive Committee, CEC, that they received GHc 17,800 as feeding allowance for the Polling agents in all the 356 polling stations in the constituency for the 7th December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. An additional GHc 5,600 meant for the constituency executive members for mobilisation was also received by the Chairman.
The monies were handed over to the duo on the eve of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The whereabouts of the money are not known after Isaac Lamptey and Thomas Dodzi received the said money from the Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the NDC.
Allegations of Isaac Lamptey and Thomas Dodzi Tsoekeku having misappropriated monies meant for the elections are rife in the constituency and pressure was brought to bear on the two to account for the money. After incessant pressure the two could no longer sustain the heat and have had to confess to their crime voluntarily.
At the meeting some members of the CEC were visibly angry and reprimanded Isaac Lamptey and Thomas Dodzi Tsoekeku for bringing the name of the CEC into disrepute. They have vowed to expose the two disgraced executives and dissociate themselves from their criminal acts.
In a related development some ward Coordinators inquired from the Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Hon. Theophilus Tetteh Chaie whether he gave out the feeding money to the duo and he answered in the affirmative.
It is not clear what action the leadership of the NDC party will take. But this confirmed action by Isaac Lamptey and Thomas Dodzi Tsoekeku may lead to suspension or removal from office.
For sometime now there has been simmering tension in the Dome-Kwabenya constituency between the Chairman and Secretary on one side and the 2020 Parliamentary Candidate on the other.
The chairman and the secretary under the guise of outreach programme went round the entire constituency maligning the Parliamentary Candidate.
When it was time for the Thank You Tour, the Parliamentary Candidate used the opportunity to respond to the chairman and secretary.
The Parliamentary Candidate disclosed to the constituents that the chairman and Secretary denied her of monies contributed for her campaign. This led some youth in the constituency to embark on investigation leading to the confession by the Chairman and Secretary.
Currently the Polling agents are angry with the chairman and the secretary for misappropriating monies meant for their feeding during the election and if care is not taken the situation could degenerate.
The NDC has never won the Dome-Kwabenya seat since 2004 and the Parliamentary Candidate, Elikplim Akurugu nearly sprung a surprise in the 2020 elections. She polled over 52000 votes and this is the best the NDC has ever had in Dome-Kwabenya. It is believed by many NDC faithfuls that given the needed support Elikplim Akurugu can win the seat for the NDC.
Stay tuned for more soon.
Source: hon Mustaphar Hadji
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