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Former Fomena NPP Chair Confirms Receiving GH¢1m from Ken Agyapong in Deal for Deputy Speaker to Join NPP MPs

Akwasi Nti Asamoah, a former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Fomena Constituency, has confirmed that he was given GH¢1 million by Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, as part of a deal for independent MP Andrew Asiamah Amoako to join the NPP in parliament.

Nti Asamoah stated that the NPP leadership and government officials, including NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Wontumi), told him that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo needed him to step down from his position as NPP Chairman in Fomena. This was one of the conditions for Asiamah Amoako to join the NPP’s parliamentary majority caucus.

Although Nti Asamoah agreed to step down, he expressed concerns about his debts and the possibility of prosecution if he was no longer the NPP Chairman. He disclosed that he reached an agreement with Wontumi and another leading member of the NPP to receive GH¢2 million, out of which GH¢1.5 million would go towards his debts if he decided to step down.

However, he claimed that he had not received the money for over a month, and this led to his dispute with Wontumi. A day before the speakership vote, Kennedy Agyapong asked Nti Asamoah to meet him at Movenpick. There, Agyapong informed him that the President was aware of the agreement, but Wontumi was refusing to release the funds.

Agyapong then gave Nti Asamoah a GH¢1 million check to pay off his debt to the bank, citing his service to the party. Nti Asamoah made these revelations in Twi.

What Ken Agyapong said:

During a speech to NPP delegates in Tema, Ken Agyapong, a presidential hopeful, claimed that his intervention and contribution of GH¢1 million were crucial in securing the majority for the NPP in parliament after the 2020 elections. He explained that the NDC and NPP each had 137 parliamentarians, and an independent candidate held the balance of power. The independent candidate agreed to join the NPP on the condition that the NPP chairman for Adansi Fomena resigned. Agyapong spoke to the Adansi Fomena chairman, who expressed reluctance to resign due to a GH¢1.5 million debt owed to a rural bank. Agyapong stepped in and paid GH¢1 million of the debt, allowing the chairman to resign and enabling Asiamah Amoako to join the NPP MPs to form the majority caucus. Agyapong believes that without his intervention, the NPP would not have had a majority in parliament.

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