New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates, who took part in the special delegates? congress of the party in the Volta region, failed to vote massively for Stephen Asamoah Boateng, popularly called Asabee after his agents offered them food yesterday.

wpid-jollof-rice.jpgThey referred to Asabee as ?Take-away president.?

The food packs were branded in NPP colours with the picture of the Asamoah Boateng embossed on them.

Asaabee believes he would change the fortunes of the party and the country if given the nod.

The food packs also had the inscription ?Vote Asamoah Boateng, Number two (2).?

It also had a replica of the ballot paper indicating his position on the ballot paper.

The move, which has been lauded by some observers, was not enough to secure votes for him as he managed to secure only one vote out of 51 votes.

Nana Addo had 28 votes as against Alan?s 14 votes, while?former Attorney General Joe Ghartey and Addai Nimo had one vote each.

Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku and Kofi Osei Ameyaw polled two and four votes respectively.

Anthony Oppong, Deputy Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), who presided over the exercise, said due to?a court injunction placed on the executives of both the Ho central and South Tongu constituencies, their chairmen could not participate in the congress.

Two other delegates had transferred their votes to Accra, with one absentee.

Some delegates, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, said ?although Asabee is a good fellow it is not his time to lead the party and he needs more training and preparation for the future.

?This is the time of Nana Addo and all should rally behind him in the upcoming delegates? congress on 18th?October.?

Nana Sweeps

Despite predictions that Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen would surprise all and win the election in the region, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won massively.

Former Attorney General Joe Ghartey and Addai Nimo had one vote each.

Anthony Oppong, Deputy Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), who presided over the exercise, said in all, 56 delegates were expected to cast their vote but due?a court injunction placed on the executives of both the Ho central and South Tongu constituencies, their chairmen could not participate in the exercise.

Two other delegates had also transferred their votes to Accra, with one absentee delegate.

The majority of the delegates jubilated after the announcement of the outcome of the election.

Confusion

The process, which started peacefully at the Catholic Secretariat in Ho, was nearly marred midway due to an argument between Ken Anku, a former parliamentary candidate for North Dayi and an agent of Alan Kyeremanten and the Regional Chairman, John Peter Amewu.

The regional chairman, who was asked by journalists to stand by the ballot box for a photograph after casting his vote, was angrily ordered by Ken Anku to leave the area.

Mr. Anku, who was outraged by Mr. Amewu?s reluctance to leave the place, started casting aspersions and described the regional chairman as a traitor.

Mr Amewu also said ?you are not my co-equal.?

From Fred Duodu, ([email protected])

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