Election 2016 Our chairman's defection 'good news' - Ekumfi NDC

According to the party executives, Ekow Essilfie-Buckman’s resignation “is an indication of his failure of the loyalty test we put to him."

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The National Democratic Congress in the Central Region has said it welcomes the decision by the chairman for the Ekumfi Constituency to defect to the New Patriotic Party.

According to the party executives, Ekow Essilfie-Buckman’s resignation “is an indication of his failure of the loyalty test we put to him when the party granted him amnesty to return to us after he contested as an independent parliamentary candidate in 2008 and campaigned for NPPs Akuffo Addo in the Mfantseman East constituency (Now Ekumfi constituency).”

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Mr Essilfie-Buckman on Monday announced his resignation from the NDC, saying 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.

“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,” he said.

But a statement issued by the Regional Executives of the party said the defection came as no surprise to them considering Mr Essilfie-Buckman’s “penchant to abandon the party at various times and his many moves against the fortunes of Hon Abeiku Crentsil (MP for Ekumfi) and the defection of his spokesperson -Mr. Adams Seidu to the Npp last month. “

Below is the full statement from the Regional party executives:

CENTRAL REGION NDC WHOLEHEARTEDLY WELCOME THE DEFECTION OF MR EKOW ESSILFIE-BUCKMAN

The Central Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress has taken notice of the defection of Mr. Ekow Essilfe-Buckman of the Ekumfi Constituency to another political party and write to inform the nation that, we wholeheartedly welcome his decision which is a good news to the NDC in Ekumfi.

It is an indication of his failure of the loyalty test we put to him when the party granted him amnesty to return to us after he contested as an independent parliamentary candidate in 2008 and campaigned for NPPs Akuffo Addo in the Mfantseman East constituency (Now Ekumfi constituency).

Mr. Buckman’s decision to defect to the Npp never came to us as a surprise, because of his penchant to abandon the party at various times and his many moves against the fortunes of Hon Abeiku Crentsil (MP for Ekumfi) and the defection of his spokesperson -Mr. Adams Seidu to the Npp last month. Yes! The Seidu Adams who joined the then incumbent party (Npp) in power prior to the general elections in 2008 is well known and documented.

This is a Constituency Chairman that his own constituency executives unanimously suspended in April 2015 over what they described as anti-party behavior and clandestine moves against his sitting MP. It took the Regional Executives to instruct his executives to reinstate him and since April, 2015, Mr Ekow Essilfie-Buckman has openly shown hatred towards his MP and has vowed to continue working against him.

We in the NDC, are poised and focussed on our agenda of winning a minimum of twenty (20) Parliamentary seats and fifty-seven percent (57%) of valid votes cast from this Region for the President come Dec 7th, 2016.

The Chiefs and good people of the Ekumfi constituency are grateful to the NDC Govt of President John Dramani Mahama for the numerous developmental projects their constituency has received and are still benefitting from.

We take the opportunity to thank the rank and file of our great Party in the Region who have remained resolute, firm and committed to our ideals and principles that bind us together as a political party and are also working assiduously to the victory of the great Akatamaso.

The leadership also takes the opportunity to assure the rank and file that, the National Democratic Congress in the Central Region is much more united and committed to victory come December 7th, 2016.

Signed

Kwesi Dawood

RCO-Central



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