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Karim Zakaria, spokesperson for residents of the Savelugu-Nantong Municipality who are protesting the nomination and confirmation of Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, and an executive of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area, has provided an insight into how Hajia Ayishetu connived with some top party executives, to pay thousands of cedis as bribe money to Assembly members to endorse her nomination as the MCE for the area.
According to the spokesperson, an amount of Ghc75,000 was paid to some fifty (50) out of the 54 members of the Assembly in the municipality with each receiving Ghc1,500.
Speaking on an Accra Radio Station (Accra FM), Mr Zakaria told the host that when the group petitioned the Regional Minister, Mr Bugri Naabu to intervene, he told them the people of Savelugu behave like cockroaches so will not waste his time on what he described as “useless petition”.
The Spokesperson claimed that Hajia is unknown in the municipality and as she has never participated in any party activity ahead of the 2016 polls to warrant the position.
Mr Zakaria told the host that corruption which the party campaigned (on) against the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is gradually becoming an accepted practice in the NPP, and warned that the party risk losing the two constituencies (savelugu/Nantong) and other constituencies in the country if the emerging bribery and other corrupt practices in the party are allowed to thrive.
The Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr Sulley Salifu, who responded to the allegations leveled against the party by Mr Zakaria, did not refute the allegations but appealed to the later to stop talking to the media to save the image of the party.