Chiana – Paga N.P.P. Petitions Party Leadership Over DCE Shortlist Criteria

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A group calling itself concerned activists of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Chiana-Paga constituency, in the Upper East Region, has petitioned the leadership of the party over the criteria used in selecting persons for the position of the District Chief Executive in the constituency.

At a Press conference held at Paga on Tuesday, February 7, 2017; the group registered their displeasure and rejection of the criteria, explaining that the format had sidelined many qualified party faithfuls, which if care is not taken could divide the party.

The group has also accused both regional and constituency executives of the party of bias and corruption, as per their information, the executives only shortlisted those who allegedly paid monies to them.

What again worries them the most, according to the N.P.P. activists group, is the fact that those shortlisted do not have the grassroots support in the constituency and they, therefore, believe that if care is not taken the action of the executives could great apathy in the party soon.

Speaking at the conference Mr. Francis Zuradem spokesperson of the group alleged that Mr. Sylvester Amoah, the Constituency Chairman’s car was sent to Kumasi for repairs by one of the applicants for the D.C.E. position.

He further alleged that some of the Constituency Executives were hosted to a party in Sandema and we’re induced with gifts and an amount of GH¢1000 for each.

According to them, they were reliably informed by the constituency secretariat of the party that eighteen (18) persons have submitted completed applications for the job of District Chief Executive in Kasena-Nankana west District.

Out of the 18 the Constituency Executive Committee together with the constituency elders, met and selected five (5) persons for onward submission to the region for further action.

However, Zuradam noted that the procedure used by Mr. Amoah, the Constituency chairman and Executives to shortlist “the applicants is unconstitutional, biased and does not foster party unity in the constituency .”

“We the concerned activists of NPP in the Chiana/Paga constituency reject the outcome of such a defective and corrupt process and wish to state our preparedness to challenge the outcome of the process using all lawful means available to us, including demonstrations and the law courts, if nothing is done to remedy the situation”, the group cautioned

The call on the party hierarchy to intervene swiftly by calling the constituency chairman and his executives to order, in order to avert unpleasant situations as a result of their action