Eric Kwakye Darfour, a member of Parliament for Nkawkaw, who is also Eastern Regional Minister, stormed Agoo FM at Nkawkaw on Saturday over allegations of sabotaging the renovation of a sports stadium in Nkawkaw.
Lawyer Joyce Opoku Boateng, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Middle Belt Development Authority, who is challenging the candidature of the Nkawkaw parliamentarian at the primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), announced in 2019 Gh¢ 2 million had been approved to begin work on the stadium, we know that the cost was very expensive and we will take care of it personally especially the development of parks, VIPs, popular stands and several others, including the renovation of changing rooms.
The project did not start months after this announcement. Nkawkaw’s constituency secretary at the New Patriotic Party, Andy Ameyaw, who expressed his support for the current MP, described the allegations by Lawyer Joyce Opoku Boateng on Saturday as an epitome of falsity.
In a retaliatory argument during a studio interview, lawyer Joyce Opoku Boateng said the start of the project was postponed due to sabotage from several people with political interests.
Nkawkaw MP Eric Kwakye Darfour was dissatisfied with his challenger’s accusation and threw himself into the Agoo FM office with two of his followers forcibly entering the studio.
“The Regional Minister upon arrival wanted to be given the opportunity to talk on the radio. I approached him at the reception when they were about to enter the studio. One of the boys told me that I want to try to stop a whole Regional Minister from coming in, and I told him to respect my work and office. The scene was not good, I took him to the marketing department to offer them a place to sit, but he refused to sit down and insisted that we give him a chance”, the show’s producer Ebenezer Kojo Nyavor said.
He added that “MP did not understand why the woman said that some people were sabotaging the process, so he wanted her to give mentions names. But the temperature was not right for us to allow him to go to the studio. The MP was angry. He even” refused to sit when we offered him a chair. After consultation, we told him that he would be given the opportunity to answer all questions in a timely manner. ”
Hours after the incident, youth and sports minister Isaac Kwame Asiamah appeared in Nkawkaw to hold a press conference to refute the claims of the Deputy CEO of the Middle Belt Authority.
Incumbent MP Eric Kwakye Darfour is being contested in NPP primaries by two former lawmakers – Seth Agyei Baa and Okechire Adusei and three others – Joyce Opoku Boateng (Deputy CEO of the Middle Belt Authority), David Asante Boateng, who is the managing director of the Ghana Publishing Company ) and Joseph Frimpong, a businessman.
The Nkawkaw parliamentary seat has been one of the NPP strongholds since 1992, although the party lost it to independent candidate Seth Agyei Baa in 2008, who eventually joined the NPP.