Robert Asare Bediako, the defeated aspiring Ashanti Region Chairman in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) executive elections, has revealed how he paid at least GH1,000 to each delegate on election day.
The losing candidate claimed that if not for the monetization before and during the election, he would have easily won the election, but that the highest bids were the closest competitors.
Mr. Asare Bediako told the host of Akoma FM’s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma Monday, May 30, that “while I was paying each delegate GH1,000, I thought I would win,” but that “some paid more than me, so the delegates also gave in to the highest bidder, and it’s very worrying the trend of monetization in our body politics.”
On Saturday, almost 800 delegates from the region’s 47 constituencies gathered at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the just concluded Ashanti Region executive elections.
Following the election, incumbent chairman Benard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, received 464 votes, while his closest rival Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, also known as COKA, received 306 votes.
Asare Bediako received 22, 9 and 3 votes, respectively, from Kwabena Owusu Aduomi and Oheneba Kofi Adum Bawuah.
Meanwhile, Mr. Asare Bediako, who was defeated in the election, is concerned about the growing trend of monetization in political spheres during elections.
He urged national leaders to reconsider the electoral college system, which he claims allows for widespread corruption and contributes to monetization.
After the elections, he asked for all hands to be on deck to ensure the NPP “breaks the eight” in 2024.
“Let us strive to put aside any concerns and differences after this election and support the elected executives to keep the NPP in power.”