Independent parliamentary nominee and former Ablekuma West constituency chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Theophilus Tetteh, has accused the incumbent Member of Parliament for the constituency, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, of destroying the campaign of the party’s flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr Tetteh, who left the NPP after claiming the party’s parliamentary primary, in which he was defeated, was skewed in favour of Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, said the actions and inactions of the MP would lead to the defeat of the NPP flag bearer.
He likened the legislator to the biblical Delilah who seduced Sampson and ended up exposing the secret of his strength to the Philistine army leading to the downfall of the once strongest man on earth.
“If you find something fundamentally wrong with the election and you go to court or you express your dissatisfaction in one way or the other, does that mean that you don’t respect people? Is it not the same Ursula Owusu-Ekuful whose actions and inactions provoked the anger of Kennedy Agyapong to say that Gas and Ewes should be killed? How long will the MP’s utterances cause the downfall of this party? I’m saying that she has been the Delilah and Nana Akufo-Addo is the Sampson in our body politic,” Mr Tetteh said on Inside Politics on Class91.3FM on Wednesday October 5.
He added that challenging an electoral outcome in court did not mean he had no respect for the choice of the electorate. “Let me just give you a scenario for you to juxtapose. After the 2012 elections, the New Patriotic Party went to court led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Does that mean they did not respect the decision of the people? Ursula is destroying Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign and that is what people should know because Ghanaians can think and we can compare and contrast. They should come out and tell us that because they do not respect the decision of the people of Ghana, that is why they went to the Supreme Court…”
Speaking on the same programme, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said Mr Tetteh did not mean well for the party.
“What more can you do after making all kinds of [attempts to reconcile with] all those who are supposedly aggrieved? And for this gentleman called Theo, whatever is motivating him is certainly not love for the NPP because the process by which he became chairman of the party is the same process by which the parliamentary candidate was elected. If we use one process and you benefit from it, then it is OK, but if we use the same process and you lose, then there is something wrong? Nothing was skewed in anybody’s favour. We believe in fairness, we believe in application of the law, and we believe in making our rules work. Nobody is above the NPP, so, if he thinks he can set himself above the party, we wish him well, which is exactly what Nana Akufo-Addo said. A lot of people have spoken to him but he is determined to embark on this suicidal quest,” she said.