Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah has defended his decision to go all out and campaign against defeated National Chairman Aspirant, Stephen Ayesu Ntim at the just ended 26th Delegates Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Koforidua.
He admitted on live radio on Monday, July 9, 2018, that he clandestinely campaigned for Mr. Freddie Blay, the National Chairman Elect at the Congress ground at Koforidua despite the party’s election guidelines which barred persons from soliciting votes for their preferred candidates after campaigns came to a close earlier.
“I moved to every constituency and told all delegates to vote for Freddie Blay as National Chairman”, he said in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com on Nhyira FM’s “Kro Yimu Nsem” political talk show.
The Ashanti Regional Minister made this startling revelation at the back of allegations he intimidated delegates from the region against voting for their preferred candidate, which was Mr. Stephen Ntim who had been tipped to occupy the National chairmanship position.
“I am a member of NPP before my appointment to a ministerial position. I am not ashamed and it is my political right as a minister”, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah fumed pointing out to host of the show, Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin.
The NPP at the weekend held its 26th National Delegates Conference at Koforidua, the Eastern Regional Capital under the theme “building a stronger party, delivering prosperity to Ghanaians”
6000 delegates from all the ten regions of the country attended the upcoming the event which saw the election of notable figures in the party like Henry Nana Boakye, John Boado, Sammy Awuku, Abankwa Yeboah, Freddie Blay, FF Anto, Rita Asobayire among others as new executives of the party to steer affairs for the next 4 years.