Peter Mac Manu, the Chairman of the NPP’s National Election Committee, has emphasized that there were no reports of bribery during the party’s recently concluded National Delegates Conference.
He said that the earlier warnings from his group had paid off because he had not seen any delegates being bought off with money at the Accra Sports Stadium.
In an interview with Emefa Apawu on The Probe on Sunday, he explained that the party deserves praise for holding a Conference at the location without the use of bribes.
“Your representatives who attended the Congress did not witness anyone trading money for votes on the congress premises, nor did they witness anyone parting with money. Having at least made that clear to Ghanaians in general, you must pat us on the back.
From where I am sitting on the grounds of the congress, I have never seen anything like that, as far as the Chairman of the National Elections Committee is concerned.
On the grounds of the congress, I’ve never seen something like it, as far as the Chairman of the National Elections Committee is aware, the man said.
While providing updates on the party’s National Delegates Conference, which saw thousands of party supporters assemble to elect new executives for the party, Mr. Mac Manu made these statements.
Regarding the Saturday sessions’ delayed start, he clarified that it was caused by an injunction that was sought to prevent TESCON delegates from voting.
He further mentioned that some delegates had to travel from the Eastern Region all the way to the venue because it was difficult for them to obtain lodging in Accra.
Mr. Mac Manu made these remarks while giving updates on the party’s National Delegates Conference, which saw thousands of party faithful gathering to elect new executives for the party.
Touching on the late start of proceedings on Saturday, he explained that the delay was occasioned by an injunction that was filed to prevent TESCON delegates from taking part in the elections.
He also added that some delegates had to commute all the way from the Eastern Region to the venue, due to some challenges with finding accommodation for them in Accra.
Mr. Mac Manu used to the opportunity to dismiss assertions that the delay was as a result of aspirants meeting delegates in their hotels to give them money before they come to the venue.
In all, he was glad about the turn of events and expressed his happiness for a successful exercise.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rally behind the party’s newly elected executives.
According to him, this will help the party in the upcoming general election.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, he stated that the unity of the party is essential to its success, therefore all members must unite to build a unified front in order to retain power in 2024.
“We have elected a team of Officers with a deep attachment to the timeless values and principles of the Party and its tradition, and who will steer affairs of the party for the next four years. They are the national face and voice of our Party, and they will set the tone and the pace of our election campaign in 2024.
As I indicated on Saturday, the NPP is at its best when we are united and operating as a focused entity. I, thus, urge all in the NPP to unite strongly behind our new national officers, for it is only by working together that we can “Break the Eight”, and help deliver progress and prosperity to the Ghanaian people”, the President said.
While charging the rank and file of the party to remain united, he also seized the opportunity to congratulate the new crop of executives who emerged victorious in Saturday’s polls.
“I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Stephen Ayesu Ntim, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held at the Accra Sports Stadium, on Saturday, 16th July 2022.
Once again, we, in the NPP, have demonstrated that we are the Party that is committed to the tenets of multi-party democracy”, he added.
The President also thanked the media and the Electoral Commission for their roles in the conduct of proceedings.
“The Electoral Commission is to be commended for conducting and supervising Saturday’s elections, and I thank the Media for providing extensive coverage of the proceedings.
May God bless the New Patriotic Party and us all, and may God bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong”, he concluded.
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