CPP National Chairman, Professor Edmund Delle has waded into the controversial bribery allegation made by Samia Nkrumah after the just ended congress which elected Ivor Greenstreet as the party’s flagbearer for the November 2016 election.
Prof Delle expressed disappointment over Samia’s comment and described it as unfortunate.
“I’m deeply disappointed . . . I didn’t expect leading members of the party to speak in that way. I’m saddened by it and I think we should respect delegates,” he said.
Adding that - “I am confident that our former chair and leader will think about it and probably come back to withdraw it because it is not in the interest of the party.”
Ivor Greenstreet was last Saturday elected as the flagbearer of the CPP at a congress held in Accra – he polled 1,288 votes out of the 1,992 valid votes to beat her former chairperson, Samia Nkrumah who came a distant second with 579 votes. The other contrstants were Joseph Agyapong – 83 and Bright Akwetey 42 votes.
Samia Nkrumah after the election alleged that, Ivor Greenstreet paid delegates to vote for him - “Every delegate was paid GH¢200 and GH¢500 actually, among many other things. So, it was down to money and of course we cannot be happy about that.”
However, in an interview with JOY FM, Professor Edmund Delle noted that Somia’s comment has tarnished the party’s image.
“I stood with Samia Nkrumah in 2012 and I lost. I accepted the defeat. I never complained . . . I’ve been in this party for years. I’ve run several elections and I’ve lost, but I’ve remained loyal to the party. I’ve never said one word against any member of the party,” he noted – adding that - “CPP is a family. When we have family problems we go indoors, we discuss them and we speak with one voice.”
According to Prof Delle, it was important to note that delegates were “discerning” people and that “gone are the days that we thought that delegates were like sheep and goats that we go and buy in the market.”
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