Tension brews in Prestea NDC

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THERE was an ongoing turf-war between the former District Chief Executive (DCE) for Huni-Valley District of the Western Region under erstwhile John Dramani Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Mr Robert Wisdom Cudjoe and some angry supporters and members of the party ahead of the NDC’s parliamentary primaries which was slated for August 24, 2019.

Information reaching myafricatoday.com  indicates that the supporters and members including footsoldiers and sympathisers of the NDC in the area had vowed to resist any attempt by Mr Cudjoe who doubles as the former NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Prestea Huni-Valley Constituecy to contest incoming NDC’s parliamentary primaries.

The anger of the supporters and members, this online news portal gathered has raised up when Mr Cudjoe was preparing to pick the nomination forms to contest the upcoming NDC parliamentary primaries in the constituecy.

But we are reliably informed that his latest decision is strongly being fought by some aggrieved supporters and members of the party with the explanation to the effect that Mr Cudjoe coming back would be doomed for the party since the NDC has prepared to wrestle the seat from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2020 showdown.

This, myafricatoday.com gathered is because Mr Cudjoe has lost massively in 2016 general elections to the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea Huni-Valley Constituecy, Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyesi.

Myafricatoday.com discovered that Mr Cudjoe lost the election due to his accusation of allegedly teaming up with the joint taskforce of military and police to brutalize many illegal small scale miners in the area at the time that he was an DCE for the area.

Speaking on condition of anonymity in an separate interview with myafricatoday.com at the weekend, some angry members of the opposition party in the constituency jabbed Mr Cudjoe for creating disaffection and division amongst party members in the constituency.

They expressed fear that Mr Cudjoe cannot unseat Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyesi because he lacks integrity and popularity.

According to them, the female lawmaker is too strong for Mr Cudjoe “so we in the NDC in the area want to suggest that we need somebody equally like Mrs Oteng-Gyesi to contest on the ticket of the NDC that can win the pariamentary seat in the 2020 general elections

The incumbent MP, they noted has curretly incurred the wrath of the floating voters and grassroots supporters due to her alleged strong position to lead the fight against small scale miners in the area, saying they were strong believe that that she whould be likely to be voted out in the 2020 general elections.

“We want to drew the attention to the hierarchy of the NDC in the national, regional and constituecy levels to immediately intervene by way of calling Mr Cudjoe to order to rescind his decision to contest the NDC parlimentary seat in the area again because the floating voters and party faithful (s) donot like him.

“Although Mr Cudjoe can easily win the parliamentary primaries by way of using money to influence the party delegates to vote for him, but we are saying that he cannot win the parliamentary seat for the NDC in the area, because he has many big problems with the floating voters and footsoldies who are  illegal small scale miners for which they vowed not to vote for him.

“We think that the party should support the former MP of the area, Mr. Francis Blay-Koffie to come back to contest the NDC parliamentary primaries and because if in case he wins the party’s primaries he can surely win back the parliamentary seat for the NDC in 2020 general elections.

“…because for the look of things in the constituecy level, there are more envidence attesting tot the real fact that the floating voters and people in the grassroots are rooting for Mr Blay to come back beacuse of his selfless leadership style,” the NDC members stressed.

The further ccused Mr Cudjoe of manipulating the party’s parliamentary primaries in 2015 which gave him advantage to unseat the former MP.

Mr. Blay-Koffie polled 2,700 votes to place second while Mr.Cudjoe had 3,196 votes to carry the day, with Kweku Seidu Essilfie polling 247 votes to place third.

They alleged that Mr Cudjoe influenced the party’s parliamentary primaries by way of removing names of the delegates who are not his favourites from the NDC Constituency Voters Album and allegedly inserted names of his favourites into the Album who voted for him to win the primaries in 2015.

The allegations Mr Cudjoe have vehemently denied and stated that it was a grand agenda cooked by those faceless individual supporters and members of the party ostensibly to tarnish his image.

Speaking in an interview via telephone on Saturday July 6, 2018, Mr Cudjoe stressed that the lost of the Prestea-Huni Valley NDC parliamentary seat to the NPP cannot be blamed on him.

He explained that there are evidences attested to the fact that some disgruntled constituecy executives who were in the camp of Mr Blay Koffie influenced the elegible voters to vote massively for Mrs Oteng-Gyesi to win the 2019 parliamentary elections.

He added that “They voted skirt and blouse against me because they were not happy of me unseating Mr Blay Koffie to become the parliamentary candidate for the NDC in the 2016 general elections.”

When asked whether he will be contesting the NDC incoming parliamentary primaries, Mr Cudjoe responded that he didn’t decided yet.

Source:Yaovi KORYEKPOR AWLESU

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