The National Democratic Congress in Awutu Senya West has accused the New Patriotic Party of busing people to take part in the voter transfer and proxy voter exercise ahead of the 2020 elections.
According to the NDC, the Central Regional Treasurer of the Party who is also the owner of Ideal College and the incumbent MP, George Andah are behind the busing of the students.
The Electoral Commission scheduled the compilation of the transferred voters and proxy voters list for the 2020 polls from Tuesday to Thursday.
Speaking to Citi News, the NDC Communication officer for Awutu Senya West constituency, Kwaku Ampong stated that the scheme was orchestrated by the incumbent MP and the Central Regional treasurer for the NPP.
“You know these students are not residents of Awutu Senya, they are here purposely to get their votes transferred here so that they can vote for George Andah. And this whole scheme is a conspiracy between George Andah and Dr. Joseph Kwabena Esibu who is the proprietor of Ideal College and a known financier of George Andah and he doubles as the Central Regional treasurer for the ruling NPP.”
“So, we are very serious here, we are sending a word of caution to parents who have their wards in Ideal College to advise them to desist from being used by George and Joseph Esibu for their own selfish interest,” he added.
The incumbent MP for Awutu Senya, West George Andah has however denied the accusations and challenged the NDC to substantiate their claims.
“If this was true, the Awutu Senya NDC should have easily pointed out who these people are and where they are rather than passing such irresponsible comments. I think that the NDC here is still living in denial. They should go and analyse the 2012 parliamentary results compared to the 2016 parliamentary results and the answers they are looking for will be found in there.”
Reacting to the allegations, the spokesperson for the owner of Ideal College, Kyei Baffour indicated that the school has never engaged in such an activity and do not plan to.
He added that Joseph Esibu did not have the mandate to give such orders.
“I want to state unequivocally that such activity has not taken place and would never take place. As far as the school is concerned, Joseph Esibu does not have the power to give such directives. The school is overseen by management and board and parents play an active role in this. We don’t have the power to give such instruction.”
“Then again let it be stated that the registration exercise was done for third-year students when they were in school. The said students are in school now in their respective homes and so how could we have done this?” he added.
Mr. Baffour stated that the school is apolitical and as such do not want to be dragged into partisan politics.