The University of Ghana chapter of the New Patriotic Party’s Tertiary Students Confederacy (UG-TESCON) has debunked widespread allegations of vote buying leveled against the NPP’s candidate in the forthcoming by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan (Maa Lydia).
The government in the past weeks has fast-tracked efforts in the construction and renovation of some major roads in Dzorwulu and fixing of some faulty streetlights at Menpeasem, all within the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.
The renovation and refurbishment works started a fortnight night to the forthcoming by-elections and has attracted reactions from some political analysts who claim the move by government is an indirect attempt to buy the votes of the electorates.
However speaking on Campus Exclusive on Monday [January 28], Abdullah Matin who is the Director of Communications UG-TESCON, he maintained that all projects being undertaken were among projects in the offing and as such were going to be executed by government anyways.
He observed that the occasion of the renovation and construction works on the roads and other infrastructure within the constituency is a mere coincidence and that, had the late Hon. Kyeremanten-Agyarko been alive today, the constituency would have witness these renovations. Thus stressing that government had long planned and allocated funds for the projects.
“Indeed I have heard of numerous claims that the current road constructions ongoing at Dzorwulu are an attempt by the government to buy votes, but I have to make it known to all that, these projects were budgeted for and were among a list of things to be done. If Hon. Agyarko was alive, he would have supervised its completion this same time”, he said.
Responding to the claims by the TESCON Communicator on Campus Exclusive, member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communication team, Walker Obeng, said the entire campaign machinery of the NPP was built around feeding on the emotions of the electorates.
According to him, it is distasteful for the NPP to be capitalizing on the death of the late Hon. Agyarko to appeal for the sympathy of residents in the constituency for votes.
“The NPP in the past two months have organized a memorial service, and vigil for Agyarko even before his burial and at both events, witnesses can attest that they were only doing that to campaign and seek public sympathy for votes”, he highlighted.
He further called on electorates to vote for Delali Kwesi Brempong to revitalize the Youth Enterprise Support scheme which has being dormant under the Nana Addo-led administration to provide more job opportunities for the youth.
The Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election is scheduled to take place on the January 31, 2019.
By: Elliot Ayertey Nuertey | universnewsroom.com