Shama elects new Presiding Member: MP accused of “buying election”

Assembly Member for the Komfueku electoral area Percy Ahinakwah has been elected as the Presiding Member for the Shama District Assembly.

He pulled 18 out of a total of 25 valid votes cast.

The other candidate Francis Biney, assembly member for Lower Inchaban electoral area managed 7 votes.

Two members of the assembly were absent.

Hon. Ahinakwah has therefore secured the needed two third majority and duly elected.

Speaking to Hon. Ahinakwah thanked the house for the confidence reposed in him.

According to him “over the years you’ve heard a lot of things about Shama District Assembly. When you come to the assembly financial matters are not good, administratively things are very bad and almost all the assembly members are not happy. So with my coming in as a Presiding Member, I will open a new chapter for the assembly, make sure we do things right, make sure we generate revenue and work things together.

He also plans to bring the assembly closer to the people of Shama.

“For some time, people have not seen the need to be part of the assembly. Sometimes, people are in the district and it looks as if they are not part so when you ask them to pay or contribute their quota they do not see the essence of doing that. So I will need the support of the honorable members and together with the DCE and Coordinating Unit ensure that all the right things are done”.

In the meantime, the defeated candidate Francis Biney is accusing the Member of Parliament for Shama Ato Panford of influencing the Presiding Member election with money.

He claims the MP camped 18 members of the house at the NPP constituency party office and gave each GHC 1000 cedis to vote for Percy Ahinakwah.

“Some of the members were given GHC1000 from the MPs Common Fund. I saw people picking cheque…”

“After the meeting, Percy [elected PM] mistakenly called me and told me all what happened. I later called some of the members and they also confirmed the meeting did take place, all the people they counted and the number of people they have given monies to. The MP told them he is expecting a certain number and it was the very number Percy got”.

According to him Mr. Ahinakwah did not win on merit and this could affect the development of Shama stressing “I was looking for a fair competition, which the two of us will be voted for based on pure merit. However people voted against me based on the influence from the MP”.

Despite his “bitter” loss he said he will remain true to the development course of Shama.

However Percy Ahinakwah described the allegations as false and insulting.

He said “my colleague should be a good loser. He shouldn’t be saying things because he has lost”.

The Member of Parliament for Shama Ato Panford was not present at the assembly to witness the elections.

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