NDC Accuses NPP of Attempted Bribery in Assin North By-election

Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has leveled a scathing allegation against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in relation to the Assin North by-election.

According to Gyamfi, the NPP attempted to bribe the Assin North MP-elect, James Gyakye Quayson, in a bid to dissuade him from contesting the by-election. When their efforts to convince him failed, they allegedly resorted to threats of imprisonment.

In a Facebook post on Monday, July 3, Gyamfi praised Quayson for his unwavering commitment to his constituents and the NDC as a whole. He described Quayson as calm, confident, courageous, inspiring, and fearless.

Gyamfi urged all Ghanaians to emulate Quayson’s exemplary characteristics in their daily lives, highlighting his personal conviction and determination to fight for justice.

In the by-election, Quayson, representing the NDC, emerged as the victor with 17,245 votes, equivalent to 57.56% of valid votes. His main rival, Charles Opoku of the NPP, secured 12,630 votes, accounting for 42.15% of valid votes. The Liberal Party of Ghana’s candidate, Bernice Enam Sefanu, received only 87 votes.

The Electoral Commission reported a high turnout of 74.23% during the by-election.

Despite his electoral success, Quayson is facing criminal charges filed by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice for allegedly failing to renounce his dual citizenship status before running for the parliamentary elections in 2022. Quayson has filed a motion at the High Court for a stay of proceedings, pending an appeal, as he seeks to contest the charges against him.

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