TENSION IS mounting in the Mfantseman East constituency of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), the home constituency of President Mills as a result of the sharp division between the rank and file of the party there.
Currently, the NDC Constituency Chairman, Kwame Nkrumah and some of his executives are sharply divided against themselves, with the two sides either supporting incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, George Kuntu Blankson who lost his re-election bid or the new parliamentary candidate, Abeiku Crentsil.
Constituency Vice Chairman, James Eghan, Secretary, Alexander, Fiifi Essuman have confirmed the strained relations to DAILY GUIDE.
Though the chairman claims there is no confusion between him and his executives, his vice and secretary insist there is bad blood between them. They said due to this no meeting has been held for the past four or so months.
Several allegations are being made against the chairman and the regional executives including allowing a questionable candidate to allegedly use fictitious documents to file his nomination and pass vetting to eventually become the parliamentary candidate.
There is also a claim that Kwame Nkrumah had failed to account for GH¢15,000 given to him to conduct the parliamentary primaries in the area.
“There is a division,” Eghan admitted adding “as vice chairman of the constituency it has become a serious burden for me because my chairman does not want to make things open for the constituency to move on; he hasn’t held a meeting for the past three to four months because myself, the chairman and other executives are sharply divided.”
Furthermore, he said “whenever I call a meeting they say I belong to the other side so have decided not to call for any meeting so that we all sit by and watch.”
In view of the frustration he was going through, the vice chairman said “I am even fed-up with the NDC.”
“Some of us have decided that until he comes to account for the money for the primaries whenever he calls for a meeting, we will not go; if he thinks he can solely manage the party, we hand it over to him to do whatever he likes,” he noted.
Out of the GH¢15,000 voted for the primaries, he alleged the chairman used only GH¢5,000, a claim Nkrumah has vehemently denied saying he expended the entire amount.
Mr. Nkrumah was not forthcoming with information, describing the claims as frivolous.
He has also denied being at loggerheads with any of his constituency executives let alone not organizing meetings, adding “so far as the new candidate is working, there is no problem.”