THE PARLIAMENTARY Candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress in the Nhyiaeso Constituency, Hon. Samuel Sarpong, has been accused of engaging in dirty campaign tactics by his main opponent in the New Patriotic Party, Kennedy Kankam, in the run up to the crucial elections.
The former Mayor of Kumasi and current Managing Director of the States Housing Corporation (SHC) is being accused of sabotaging his opponent’s campaign by sponsoring the erection of a giant billboard that appear to block the view of that of his contender.
In what could be destroyed as a deliberate ploy to scuttle his competitor, members of the campaign team of the former mayor have intentionally erected a giant billboard right in front of the NPP Parliamentary Candidate, completely obscuring the latter from public view.
The said billboard, which is situated around Santasi roundabout, has caused serious tension in the constituency with supporters of the NPP candidate threatening to pull it down if nothing is done about it.
The NPP supporters insist that since they were the first to erect their billboard, it is not right for the NDC to site theirs at such close proximity, contending that it is in contravention of the electoral rules.
Meanwhile, the NPP Parliamentary Candidate, Mr.Kennedy Kankam, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said he had lodged several complaints to constituency and regional executives of the ruling party but was yet to hear any response from them.
“I have made complaints to the NDC Constituency Chairman as well as the Regional Communications Director, Samed Akalilu. They promised to pull the billboard down but up till now they haven’t done so,” Kennedy Kankam noted.
He said he was running out of patience and that in the next few days he would personally ensure that the billboard of his opponent is completely dismantled.
“If I take any action, let no one blame. We are in a society that is guided by rules and regulations but if we will have certain people taking the laws into their own hands simply because they are in power, then we will also tell them they will not have their way,” angry Kennedy Kankam busted.
Source: Ridwan Issah Khalifa