The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Yendi Constituency and son of former Vice President under the Kuffuor led administration, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama has reacted to the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Corruption Watch expose’ on inducing delegates to enable the MP elect win the party’s recently held primaries.
Amongst the allegation leveled against Alhaji Farouk by Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), through its foremost anti-corruption campaign platform, Corruption Watch includes; Distribution of 400 bottles of anti-snake sprays and 800 bags of fertilizers to delegates of the Yendi Constituency among other supplies
In an interview with Bernard Avle on The Point of View Show, monitored by Talksafrica.com, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama denied any wrongdoing insisting that his actions were borne out of his all-time benevolence.
According to him, he started doing this since 2013 because he has inherited very goodwill from his old man; growing up, adding that he was always helping Yendi Constituency. Since his demise in 2012.
“I started helping opinion leaders and every year, I do that. So it is not about giving things to delegates because opinion leaders elsewhere also matter. So when they zoom it into only Yendi Constituency, I think that they are not being fair to me. Through my NGO, I have also realized that farmers need support. I started giving the farmers the supplies in 2013 and 2014 before I even had the idea of becoming an MP. So I have been doing this consistently for the past seven years.” He further stated
In a reaction to a question asked by the host of what he makes of the findings of the Corruption Watch documentary, he replied that, whether they had the primaries or not, he would have still shared the items which he has been doing consistently taking into consideration the farming season and pattern.
“I have been helping farmers and supporting all kinds of people in the Yendi Constituency and not limited delegates. My scope is not about delegates. Everything I do, we touch across opinion leaders and everybody so whatever we are doing, the idea is not about delegates.” He stressed.
The report exposed how some aspirants in the recently held New Patriotic Party primaries allegedly influenced delegates using money and other items to garner votes.
Iddrisu Muftaw | Talksafrica.com