Mr Kwame Owusu, the campaign manager for Kennedy Agyapong, a flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has admitted that their campaign team has resorted to offering financial incentives to some delegates ahead of the upcoming November 4 presidential primaries.
Mr Owusu explained that their decision to induce delegates was in response to the exorbitant sums of money being disbursed to delegates by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s camp
“He has given some inducements which are far too high and people look at it and they are very dissatisfied as to things that we have not been able to pay, such as NABCO. Recently we were even owing soo much money as regards to school feeding and the rest…so when people see the amount of money that is moving that they claim they don’t have, people become suspicious,” Mr Owus told Citi News’ Hanson Agyemang.
Asked directly if Mr Agyapong is also inducing candidates, Mr Owusu responded “Oh yes, Oh yes, we are only saying that if we are inducing, we should do it in such a way that people don’t see it as buying them. That they are being encouraged to do that.”
He added, “But I am saying that this is the game, NDC, NPP given the method by which our candidates are selected it has given rise to these kinds of things.”
Mr Owusu also voiced his concerns regarding Dr Bawumia’s suitability for the role of leading Ghana, citing his uninspiring performance in the last six years.
He alleged that many Members of Parliament and prominent party figures support Dr. Bawumia’s candidacy out of fear of the potential changes Mr Agyapong might introduce to the party if chosen as the flagbearer.