Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Odarlai Parker has advised members and supporters of the party to avoid commotions over the appointment of Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
His call comes after some people believed to be NPP thugs stormed a press conference in the Ablekuma West constituency organized by a group which calls itself “Concerned Patriots of Ablekuma West” and created a chaotic situation.
The thugs reportedly kicked and rolled away tables and chairs among other violent disturbances, hence causing the conference to come to an abrupt end.
The incident which occurred at the Praise Tabernacle Church situated at the Old Dansoman Police Station in the constituency was in reaction to the group’s protest against the renomination of the Ablekuma West MCE, George Cyril Bray.
The concerned patriots want the President to remove the MCE because, to them, he hasn’t done his best for the area.
Chairman of the group, Eric Mensah in an interview with TV3, explained why they want the MCE out saying Mr. Cyril Blay has “a bad interpersonal relationship with the assemblymen, who are party members and also does not recognize them as honourable members”.
“He embarked on unnecessary demolition exercise, leading to massive vote reduction in Ablekuma West,” he added.
“The MCE does not have a listening ear for the grassroots. He categorically stated that the municipality is autonomous [and] not there to serve the party members. This unfortunate statement discouraged most of the members which led to vote reduction against the target set by the Constituency in the just ended elections.
“He does not have an iota of respect for the Constituency officers and therefore calling them useless who have sold our time, freedom and right to our party,” he further alleged.
But the MCE has vehemently refuted the allegations.
He stated emphatically that, on the contrary, he has outperformed in his capacity.
He stressed his good works have improved the NPP’s fortunes, particularly in the Ablekuma West.
Lending his voice to the chaos in the Ablekuma West constituency, the Regional Secretary called on the angry members and supporters to exercise restraint in their actions.
He called for calm and unity among other members and supporters.
To the agitated protesters and their counter-protesters, Mr. Odarlai Parker counseled them to use the appropriate channels in the party to address their grievances.
He asked them not to engage in activities that will arouse unnecessary attention.
The constituency executives of the party also registered their displeasure with the MCE brouhaha.
”We don’t know the group calling itself Concerned Patriots of Ablekuma West. They don’t speak for Ablekuma West. So, they held the press conference and making statements in their individual capacity. We equally condemn those who attacked them because two wrongs don’t make a right. As we move forward, we want every person in our party to note that we will deal drastically with anyone who publicly makes disparaging remarks about the party. We will apply the rules of the party without fear or favor”, the executives warned.
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