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Politics Tue, 8 Mar 2016

Obom NDC sue parliamentary candidate

Some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Obom-Domeabra Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, have sued their Parliamentary Candidate, Sophia Ackuaku, asking the court to disqualify her.

The party members claim the parliamentary candidate forged signatures while filing her nomination papers to contest for the seat.

According to the members, the Parliamentary nominee is an alien in the Constituency and does not deserve to lead them.

One of the plaintiffs, Edward Nii Krowey, told Citi News that the candidate does not hail from the constituency.

“We don’t know this woman at all from anywhere. She doesn’t belong to our constituency. This woman came in forcing herself to be a parliamentary aspirant and we thought it wise not to allow her; but she forced herself through. She filed her nomination forms and forged my signature and that of other officers.”

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He said, “I detected it and questioned her. She instead said she gave me money to do that work for her which was not accurate. Instead of keeping quiet we sent the case to the Police.”

Nii Krowey explained that they took the action because “forging someone’s signature is a criminal offence.”

Sophia Ackuaku, who had served as a Deputy Director of the National Service Secretariat (NSS), was the NDC’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Dome/Kwabenya Constituency in the 2012 general elections.

She lost to the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidate, Sarah Adwoa Safo in that election.

Adwoa Safo polled 63.75% of the votes, while Ackuaku had 35.58%.

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Madam Ackuaku subsequently ditched the Dome-Kwabenya for the Domeabra-Obom constituency.

In an interview with journalists, Sophia Ackuaku said: “I decided to contest Obom-Domeabra because I think that is where I’m currently needed. I know that constituency very well…my grandfather has a village there called Ackuakukope and I know the level of deprivation there. I have seen it myself and now I think it is time to serve my people with the little experience I have acquired over the years in public service.”

“Many people have asked why I’m not contesting Dome-Kwabenya because looking at the work I’ve done there and my performance in the 2012 elections, I can win the seat for the NDC in 2016…I believe I can win Dome-Kwabenya for NDC, but there comes a time where you have to weigh where your impacts will be felt most, and I firmly believe that the people of Obom-Domeabra need me,” she said.

Source: citifmonline.com