Talensi decides Dr. Nduom flays NDC over politics of "stealing and bribery"

Is this the democracy many fought for? What has happened in Talensi is something to be ashamed about

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Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom

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The Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Kwesi Nduom has lambasted the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for engaging in what he described as “politics of stealing, bribery, and violence” in the run up to the Talensi by-election.

Dr. Nduom, who said he was at Talensi to support his party, alleged that money was used to influence voters, adding: “What has happened in Talensi is something to be ashamed about.”

He said "We could feel the poverty in the land. It was visible, staring us in the face. And this is what is fueling the politics of stealing, violence and bribery. Must it take an election for government to put up street lights, tar a few yards of road and dress up others?"

On his Facebook wall Tuesday night, he questioned where the “tons” of money came from, saying: “Is my tax money in there?”

He also stated that the threats, intimidation and ultimately violence - so the party that succeeds in showing more muscle gets the vote and that is democracy Ghana style?

Dr Nduom criticised the NDC for what he said was a last minute scramble to bring some form of development to Talensi in order to secure votes.

Below is his full statement posted on Facebook

Is this the democracy many fought for? What has happened in Talensi is something to be ashamed about.

I was there.

Where we were (PPP) was always peaceful. There was productive interchange about what the people needed - better education, infrastructure of all types, healthcare facilities, jobs, jobs, jobs. You could see lights go on in people's faces when we described what can be and how good and different life can become.

We could feel the poverty in the land. It was visible, staring us in the face. And this is what is fueling the politics of stealing, violence and bribery. Must it take an election for government to put up streetlights, tar a few yards of road and dress up others?

What is most disturbing though is the money very visibly used to influence the people - tons of it. Where did it come from? Is my tax money in there?

And what happened to ideas?

Then the threats, intimidation and ultimately violence - so the party that succeeds in showing more muscle gets the vote and that is democracy Ghana style?

I got my first hint of this when an NDC man rushed up to us near the Catholic Church in Tongo to ask what I was doing there when his party had booked the place for a rally. It was a Sunday morning. I am a Catholic and was there to attend mass!

If we let this Talensi situation become the norm, what will be the point? Politics of stealing, bribery, violence will lead to more poverty and despair in a nation with no excuse not to be prosperous.

What a shame!

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