Pollster Ben Ephson has said that “Some individuals at the Presidency are likely to use newly elected Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP), Divine Agorhom to destabilize some Members of Parliament(MPs),”
Ephson argues the open admission by Divine Agorhom that the Presidency supported him financially in his campaign makesthe upcoming National Elections of the party even more tensed and nail biting.
“So in Greater Accra there is going to be a battle between some of the MPs and people at the Presidency.” he told host Fifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Tuesday.
Divine Otoo Agorhom has disclosed that he had the support of the Presidency in his bid for the regional chairmanship position.
He emphasised the presidency financially supported his campaign saying “They [Presidency] supported me, they called me, they encouraged me and they gave me money.”
However, about 80 percent of the 21 New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Greater Accra Region had also earlier endorsed Alfred Boye, acting regional chairman then, to become the party’s substantive regional chairman.
Mr. Boye, who was seen by many as a “tried and tested leader” at the polls couldn’t trash his opponent, Agorhom despite the overwhelming support he received from the MPs ahead of that election.
Ephson fears the situation is likely to spell doom for most MPs in the NPP primary, insisting there are ominous signs that those who pushed Agorhom to the corridors of power will make him do their bidding in the primaries.
According to Ehson, Boye had allegedly promised the MPs he’ll protect them in the event of the party primary, but that pledge wouldn’t see the light of day as Boye was floored in the just ended regional elections.
“If the President does not call his boys to order, they’ll go all out to influence Agorhom and try and target their own candidates to unseat the MPs” Ephson said.