The Member of Parliament for Bibiani-Ahnwiaso-Bekwai Constituency, Alfred Obeng Boateng, has stated that he has enough money to bribe delegates in order to win the next New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries.
Mr. Boateng stated in an audio clip that he would be willing to match any financial promises made by his opponents to delegates in his district.
“I knew from day one that upon all the resistance I faced during my coming into office, this time people would regroup more forces, pull their resources together, and fight one person.
“So, knowing all this, I know everyone’s financial strength; I know everyone’s financial limit here. So, I know how much they can easily pull without being worried about it. When you have, say, a million Ghana cedis, you can give away GHC1,000 each without flinching,” he said.
“So we are about to go for primaries with about a thousand-two hundred delegates; the other time we paid around GHC 3000 minimum per person, and the primaries are coming again,” he added.
In his view, he is willing to provide as much as GHC20,000 to each of the over 2000 delegates in the constituency, noting that he had the financial muscle in dollars to match or exceed any potential offers from his political rivals.
“I am telling you that the money I will use for the primaries is in dollars, and that money has been secured long ago. I must be frank with you. That is money I am not touching under any circumstances.
“So, I laugh seeing all that they are doing; I have dollars there for those primaries. What I can tell my delegates is that I will pay more than double what anyone who will contest me will offer them; they should take that from me. If they come together and decide to pay GHC10,000 per delegate, I will pay more than that.
“Whatever they pay, even if they pay GHC20,000, I will pay more than GHC20,000 because I know how much I have put there; I know how much I have reserved. That is why I saved in dollars so that the money would not lose value,” Mr. Boateng stressed.
By Lawrence Odoom