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We have money, we have ideas – Otito Achuliwor on monetisation of elections

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“Alhaji Otito is selling ideas but you know, in our local parlance, they tell you that if a visitor comes to your house or the chief’s palace, it means he has ideas that would come from his mouth or money from his pocket to give. We have both. We have the money. We have the message.”

Abdallah Otito Achuliwor, one of the aspirants in the NPP’s primaries in the Navrongo Central Constituency of the Upper East Region said this when he spoke with A1 Radio’s Mark Smith recently. He was responding to questions around what many have termed the excessive monetisation of the Ghanaian election process. 

Mr. Achuliwor admitted that the electioneering process had become excessively expensive but because of his interest in serving the people of Navrongo, he had chosen to brave the cost and spend what he had to to win the seat and fight for development for the people of the area. 

“I am preparing for 2024 and I am doing what it takes for 2024. Definitely, I cannot be meeting people without giving them water to drink. It is expensive. We have come to make our elections an expensive venture. If you don’t have what it takes to make the faces of the delegates bright, then you should better forget,” he said. 

Mr. Achuliwor insisted the development was neither a good nor bad thing stressing that “in economics, they say if money goes round, it would come back. Instead of me taking the money and going to Kumasi and spending the money, I am spending the money on my own constituency and my own delegates. 

Alhaji Otito Achuliwor, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) hopeful parliamentary candidate for Navrongo Central constituency, is confident about reclaiming the parliamentary seat in the 2024 election if chosen to lead the party at its primaries.

Speaking at the party’s Navrongo office after submitting his nomination form, Alhaji Otito urged delegates to vote for him, emphasising his commitment to wrest the seat from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In the 2020 parliamentary election, Sampson Tangombu Chiragiaa of the NDC secured victory with 26,947 votes, while Madam Tangoba Abayage of the NPP garnered 15,821 votes. Additionally, Madam Susana Agoriba Kubirizegah of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) obtained 503 votes out of the total valid vote cast of 44,343.

Navrongo Central is recognized as a swing seat, but Alhaji Achuliwor asserts that he is the most viable candidate capable of transforming the constituency into an NPP stronghold, considering the party’s keen interest in the seat. He urged delegates to choose him to uphold the NPP’s pride on December 7, 2024.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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