The MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of sponsoring his opponent Michael Kwetey Tetteh during the recent National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primaries.
According to him, some powerful individuals within the government pointed it out to him in the company of John Jinapor, MP for Yapei Kusawgu, that they were going to make sure that he loses his seat during the parliamentary primaries.
“A very key person in the government said to me that ‘look we are taking you out….you can go up and come, we will take you out’….and I saw the mighty hand of the state in this elections” he alleged.
Sam George believes his constituency being a stronghold of NDC won’t be easy for the NPP to win during the general election, therefore, the only way they could take him out is to sponsor his opponent to win.
“The NPP’s candidate who made the move during the 2016 elections has now transferred his vote to Bortianor so the NPP is now shopping for a potential candidate,” he stated on Citi TV’s Point of View.
He further indicated that even though his predecessor, ET Mensah is on retirement, he also had an interest in ensuring that he lost the primary.
Sam Nartey George defeated his contender Michael Kwetey Tetteh by seven votes to retain the ticket to represent his constituency in the 2020 parliamentary election.
Certified results declared by Charles Botchey Jnr, the Electoral Commission official gave Samuel Nartey George 407 votes as against 400 votes obtained by Mr Micheal Kwetey Tetteh. Two ballots paper were rejected.
A total of 809 delegates from 89 out of the 93 branches took part in the NDC primary.
Prampram Constituency bears the tag of being a political hottest spot and to pre-empt any electoral violence, the District Security Committee headed by the DCE, Jonathan Doku deployed close to 100 police personnel drawn from the Police Headquarters, Tema Police Command and the Prampram Police Division to oversee the security arrangements on the ground.
As part of its strategy to ensure the safety and security of the primary, the District Security Committee also beefed up security with Military deployment from 5BN Burma Camp and 1BN Michel Camp who were deployed at the outskirts of the town.
The Prampram Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Mr Goadact Dodzi Hlordzi described the heavy police presence as normal looking at the threat levels ahead of the election and stressed that it was not aimed at intimidating voters.
Voting was however generally calm and devoid of any incident. Two civilians who arrived at the polling center attired in military gear were quickly whisked away by the police personnel.