The losing aspirant in the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Tema East parliamentary race, Benjamin Ashitey Armah, has said while he gave each of the 767 delegates that voted in the internal polls GH¢550, his main contender, the incumbent Member of Parliament, Daniel Titus-Glover, allegedly gave each delegate a tabletop fridge and GH¢1,000.00.
Mr Titus-Glover polled 522 votes to beat Ashitey Armah, who got 233 votes out of a total ballot of 755.
Mr Armah told Kwame Appiah-Kubi on CTV’s Dwabre Mu morning show on Monday, June 22, 2020, that: “I use the little resources I have to do my politics”, adding: “I was able to give each delegate GH¢550.”
“He [Titus-Glover] gave (allegedly) each delegate a tabletop fridge, GH¢1,000 and even went the extra mile to give some delegates in my stronghold an extra GH¢500.00,” he alleged.
“So, you see the ‘moneycracy’ coming in here, which turned the tides in his favour contrary to the predictions of the office of National Security and other research organisations,” he added.
Asked how he got to raise the money to pay the delegates, Mr Armah said: “I 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 might.
“It is the delegates’ decision that they will go for money instead of competence”, adding: “These 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 help.
“We don’t use the money to entice the delegates”, he denied, explaining: “We 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 you.
“So, it is just something to motivate them. That is the brain behind it. That is why some of us don’t want to go overboard and pay GH¢2,000 or GH¢1,500.
“Of course, that person [delegate] would have to forego an opportunity to come and work with you or to come and vote for you and, so, you also have to meet that person halfway because he/she could have, perhaps, made more than that amount if he/she had gone to work that day.
“Nevertheless, the delegates are not taken good care of in the party, so, they also feel that that is the time to exact their pound of flesh, which for me, I don’t think is right because it is important to vote for competence over money.”
Mr Armah said although he lost: “I’m still a happy person because it is not easy to come up against a whole party machinery in an election.”
“It was clear that the government and party machinery were behind Titus-Glover. Everybody saw it but the election is over and I have put it behind me. I love the party so much that I don’t want anything to distract the party’s victory in 2020, so, I’ve given it all to God.
“I’ve congratulated Titus-Glover. I’ve also said that we have a common goal and one common enemy, that is the National Democratic Congress, and we must all come together to form a very huge alliance and win massively for the NPP,” he added.