The member of parliament for the area, Joycelyn Tetteh, has been accused of misusing her position by Manasseh Mawufemor Mintah, a candidate in the parliamentary primary elections in the North Dayi Constituency of the Volta region.
With only a few days till the vote, Mr. Mintah, one of the five candidates challenging the incumbent, Joycelyn Tetteh, said that the MP is using influence peddling with the backing of some constituency executives to keep her position as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the 2024 general elections.
Prior to the polls on Saturday, May 13, he thinks a significant portion of the constituency executives have compromised.
“Over the past few months, we have seen that 27 out of the 28 constituency executives have been openly, conspicuously campaigning with the sitting MP in the seat. Under the pretence of helping the party, some of them are currently handing out exercise books, pencils, and other mementos.
“They bus delegates and party members to events and claim that the MP has paid for it, all of which are done to elevate the MP above every other candidate and that is unheard of, unfair, and disturbing,” he continued.
These acts of the constituency executives, which were done with the MP’s tacit consent and advantage in mind, do not create a “level playing field” for the other candidates, according to Mr Mintah, who urged the party leadership to call them to order.
The constituency executives who are involved in the primary process, according to him, are “polarised and compromised” rather than being impartial.
He also urged party leaders to refrain from pushing their preferred candidates on constituencies and issued a warning that the residents of North Dayi will rebuff any such attempts.
Mr. Mintah, a practising attorney, urged delegates to support his candidature with a resounding majority because he believes he is the best candidate to bring progress to the area.