The losing aspirant in the governing New Patriotic Partyâs Tema East parliamentary race, Mr Benjamin Ashitey Armah, has said while he gave each of the 767 delegates that voted in the internal polls GHÂ¢550, his main contender, the incumbent MP, Mr Daniel Titus-Glover, gave each delegate a tabletop fridge and GHÂ¢1,000.
Mr Titus-Glover polled 522 votes to beat Mr Ashitey Armah, who got 233 votes out of a total ballot of 755.
Mr Armah told Kwame Appiah-Kubi on CTVâs Dwabre Mu morning show on Monday, 22 June 2020 that:
âI use the little resources I have to do my politicsâ, adding: âI was able to give each delegate GHÂ¢550â.
âHe [Titus-Glover] gave each delegate a tabletop fridge, GHÂ¢1000 and even went the extra mile to give some delegates in my stronghold an extra GHÂ¢500â, he alleged.
âSo, you see the monecracy coming in here, which turned the tides in his favour contrary to the predictions of the office of National Security and other research organisationsâ, he added.
Asked how he got to raise the money to pay the delegates, Mr Ashitey Armah said:
âI have been in the shipping industry for a very long time and by the grace of God, I have my own business in the logistics field, so, I do everything according to my financial mightâ.
As far as heâs concerned,
âIt is the delegates’ decision that they will go for money instead of competenceâ, adding: âThese are the same delegates that always come to you to complain that things are not going on well with them and, so, they need some financial helpâ.
âWe donât use the money to entice the delegatesâ, he denied, explaining: âWe just give them transport and compensate them for the opportunities they may have lost as a result of leaving their homes and jobs to come and vote for youâ.
âSo, it is just something to motivate them. That is the brain behind it. That is why some of us donât want to go overboard and pay GHÂ¢2,000 or GHÂ¢1,500â.