…As Flagstaff House gets ready to name new MCE
End is said to be finally in sight for the protracted delay in the nomination of a new Mayor for Tema, as the Flagstaff House is said to be readying to name a nominee for the job by this Friday.
Ahead of that belated announcement, sources tell The Republic that Naa Adukwei, whose proposed nomination by the Flagstaff House has been resisted by the Tema Traditional Council because she is not a native of Tema, is very likely to get the job.
Madam Adukwei, a Ga native of Accra, is said to have been penciled by President Akufo-Addo, because a powerful love interest of hers within the NPP has already bought the post for her.
This allegedly being the case, other more qualified applicants for the mayoral job, including Lawyer Nii Noi, Engineer Kofi Appo and the only Local Governance expert among the lot, Ishmael Anum Mensah, are said to have not even made the shortlist.
Lawyer Nii Noi and others recently threatened to go to court when after they had applied, alongside other comparatively less qualified applicants, they realized that they had been excluded from the recipient list of text messages inviting applicants for interviews at the Flagstaff House at Kanda, Accra.
Storming the Flagstaff House to protest their exclusion, media reports were later to reveal that their exclusion was a deliberate elimination by rough tactics, as an NPP guru, within the Greater Accra Regional branch of the party, had expunged their names from a shortlist.
That removal was to make it easier for an applicant supported by the said guru to get the job, since Lawyer Nii Noi and Co who hold Master’s degrees were better qualified for the job than the NPP guru’s candidate.
But the rough elimination of the names of the three is just a small part of an alleged super bribery drama and influence-peddling that is going on behind the scenes by various people with interest in the Tema mayoral job.
Indeed, President Akufo-Addo’s difficulty in naming a nominee for the Tema job is due to serious lobbying and arm-twisting pressures that various gurus within the NPP are piling on the President to get applicants of respective interests nominated.
Among others, it is alleged that some people of the Nick Hotel in Tema Community 6 have joined forces with Assin Central MP, Ken Agyapong, to back one Jacklyn Bonsu, rumoured to be Mr. Agyapong’s girlfriend.
These Nick Hotel people are said to have recently made a strong case for Ms Bonsu to the Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashietey, and vetting committee chairman, Peter MacManu.
In the lobbying subculture of Ghanaian politics, money speaks louder than words.
Countering the Nick Hotel incursion from Tema Central, however, is MP Kofi Brako, who is said to be backing one Charles Boateng for the Tema Mayor job.
From Tema East, MP Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, is said to be backing his Campaign Manager, during the 2016 elections, Solomon Sackitey ,for the job.
Sources tell The Republic that Mr. Titus-Glover, who was recently made Deputy Minister for Transport, has promised a juicy contract to one party high-up if that high-up helps to get Solomon Sackitey to get the job.
The Republic has heard that some applicants for the job from the NPP’s branch in Kpone were found to have produced fake certificates to the committee set up by the President to get a nominee.
Jonathan Tetteh, aka TT, another applicant, is said to have backed out of the race for the job after initial interest. He is believed to have since been assuaged with a contract.
In all the lobbying and influence-peddling over the Tema mayoral job, however, Naa Adukwei is said to be ahead in advantage, as the powerful force behind her is said to have been able to recruit Nene Sorgbordjor, Chief of Sakumono, to help with the lobby.
Recently Nene Sorgbordjor is said to have led Madam Adukwei to the Tema Traditional Council to familiarize herself with the chief and elders of the Harbour city in effort to prepare the TTC for her nomination as Mayor.
But the TTC has long made it clear that it is only interested in having an indigene of Tema as the Mayor of Tema.
Nii Amarh Somponu, Stool Secretary of the TTC, said at a recent press conference that if a non-indigene is appointed Mayor of Tema, it would be disrespectful to the Tema people.
This, according to him, is because already all government agencies in the harbour city are headed by non-indigenes, even though Tema has so many indigenes that are more than qualified to head such agencies.
Indeed, the case of the TTC is even underscored by the fact that all the three constituencies in Tema, have non-indigenes as Members of Parliament – Tema East’s Titus-Glover is a native of Asene in Accra, Tema West’s Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah is a native of the Eastern Region, likewise Tema Central’s Kofi Brako alias KB.
The TTC has therefore vowed to resist any attempts to get a non- indigene to occupy the Tema Mayoral post, in addition to what is already on the ground.
With gurus of the NPP, however, in favor of applicants that are non- indigenes, President Akufo-Addo has been constrained to cogitate in dilemma for a very long time, leading to a protracted delay in the nomination of a Mayor for the harbour city.
At the moment, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) is one of only two Metropolitan Assemblies that do not have a Chief Executive. The other is Cape Coast.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com /Fiifi Samuels