Election 2016 Ekumfi NDC Chairman defects to NPP

Addressing a press conference in his hometown Ekumfi Narkwa, Mr. Esirifie-Buckman said the incumbent MP and the party’s Parliamentary candidate for the area, Abeiku Crentsil as well as the regional executives of the party have refused to work with him.

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The governing National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) constituency chairman in the Ekumfi in the Central Region, Ekow Esirifie-Buckman has defected to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Addressing a press conference in his hometown Ekumfi Narkwa, Mr. Esirifie-Buckman said the incumbent MP and the party’s Parliamentary candidate for the area, Abeiku Crentsil as well as the regional executives of the party have refused to work with him for refusing to support the MP’s bid during the NDC parliamentary primaries.

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“In the course of preparations towards the November primary,the executives on the side of the MP/PC did everything possible to disqualify Hon. Kuntu Blankson and Chief Binney, who were going to contest the MP/PC but I did not support their plans and so I became a threat to them therefore my name was mysteriously deleted from the voters register used for the constituency primary by whoever was responsible for the register such that I, the chairman of the party could not vote during primary.”

“Although the Regional Directorate admonished all constituency executives in the region not to throw their weight behind any of the parliamentary aspirants. The constituency executives on the MPs side made it clear at a constituency meeting that they were not going to sit aside and watch the MP lose his seat,” he added.

Mr. Esirifie-Buckman said he is convinced his decision to defect to the opposition NPP will give him his peace of mind.

“It is clear that the party hierarchy, both in the Constituency and the Region are not comfortable with me and my chairmanship, so I, from today, with a heavy heart wish to apologize to my family, both far and near, friends, and the teaming party members, who reposed their trust in me for my decision to defect to the New Patroitic Party if that will give me the needed peace of mind,” Mr. Esiriie-Buckman said.

Mr. Buckman’s defection comes days after Awal Mohammed, the Deputy National Communications Officer for Zongo Caucus, the official wing of NDC in the Zongo communities defected to the NPP.

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