Accra, July 22, GNA – Mr Stephen Ashitey
Adjei, Executive Member of the Tema East Constituency branch of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), has rubbished rumours that former Metropolitan Chief
Executive of Tema, Kempes Ofosuware, has become a political prostitute.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency
in Accra, Moshake as he is popularly known said those saying that Kempes’
support for Isaac Ashai Odamtten’s Parliamentary ambition was bought with money,
“Either they are without wisdom or people
who do not know the history of this Constituency. I was Kempes’ Special
Assistant for a long time and I can tell you that when Kempes unsuccessfully
vied for the Parliamentary seat, Odamtten championed his campaigns.
“Kempes, I can tell you, has thrown his
support behind Odamtten as a matter of showing gratitude for all the help that
Odamtten gave him when he was trying to become MP,” Moshake said.
The NDC firebrand therefore demanded the
detractors of Kempes, to “remain quiet and learn from his exemplary show of gratitude.”
Mr Kempes Ofosuware, has been widely
expected to vie for the 2020 Parliamentary ticket of the NDC in Tema East, but
surprised everybody when he rather turned up at the party office with his Mayoral
successor, Isaac Ashai Odamtten, as supporter of Odamtten who went to pick
forms to contest.
Kempes would later explain that he felt
providence wanted him to do something else rather than keep contesting the same
seat he failed to capture thrice.
The former Tema MCE would also explained
that he was supporting Odamtten because of all the Parliamentary materials that
the NDC had available in Tema East, Odamtten would make the most winsome
However, after the explanation, the rumour
factory went to work as it soon emerged that Kempes supposedly refused to
contest for the ticket because he received money from Odamtten to recant.
“Those who are churning out these rumours
must really be ashamed of themselves because it is so far from the truth that
it is ridiculous. Odamtten helped Kempes when Kempes was seeking to be MP, and
now it is Kempes’ turn to return the favour, that is all,” Moshake said.
The NDC man revealed that when Kempes was
the Parliamentary candidate and was running for the NDC’s Parliamentary ticket,
Odamtten, “carried his campaign on his head like a ‘Kayayo’ (head porter).”
“You see, majority of the indigenous people
of our area here said they wanted a native of Tema to be MP, and Kempes who is
paternally Akyem, was seen as a stranger. Mr Odamtten, who is a native,
therefore took front role and led Kempes to the various traditional kingpins to
sell him as an ally of the people of Tema.
“In 2016, Odamtten actually sponsored
Kempes’ campaign…those who are making these baseless allegations would do
themselves a lot of good if they rather stop running their mouths and ask
around,” Moshake said.
He said, Odamtten is a natural front runner
for the 2020 ticket because the man already had a track record, from his days
as Mayor to run on. “He is also an indigene which is a serious plus for us.”
Moshake said Odamtten, an ordained Pastor
who is also a former teacher, fisherman and footballer, has selling points in
the fact that he is an outstanding former President of the National Association
of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).
He said as a former Bank Manager, livestock
farmer and a former staff of the Ghana Education Service, Odamtten was the most
appropriate candidate for the NDC and the Constituency.
“Within the party, he has also been helping
to keep all of us running. This is a man who is popular for mourning with
Constituents and helping the party financially. During the just ended limited
voter registration exercise, he single-handedly rented buses to convey constituents
to registration centres,” Moshake said.
“I am a Constituency Executive Member and am
supposed to be neutral, but because of what I know, how Odamtten carried
Kempes’ campaign like a ‘Kayayo’ in 2016, I cannot help, but to come out and
dispel these distasteful rumours.
“In this world, if you do good, you will
reap good; if you do bad, you will reap bad; it is called Karma. Allah himself
has said it in the Quran and the Bible,” Moshake concluded.
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