Credible reports chanced upon by Asempanews.com suggest that Robert Asare-Bediako received huge inducements from the presidency before deciding to step down for Chairman Wontumi in the race for the Ahanti Regional chairmanship position of the NPP.
Businessman cum politician, Asare-Bediako, last week withdrew his intentions to run for the chairmanship position of the NPP, infuriating some party heavyweights and foot-soldiers, who have thrown their weight behind him.
Asare-Bediako, in media interviews, added that his withdrawal from the race was done in the interest of the party.
But, snippets of information emerging from the corridors of the presidency indicate that, President Akufo-Addo cajoled Asare-Bediako to step down by offering to appoint him as board chairman of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Co. (BOST).
Our checks revealed that President Akufo-Addo, in a conversation with Asare Bediak, whose decision to drop his intention has largely been seen as an act of cowardice, promised to refund monies spent or costs incurred by his campaign team, all in an attempt to coerced him step down.
The president, our source said, was desperate to see Wontumi go unopposed and faulted party executives in the region for not blocking Asare-Bediako’s intent right from the onset.
Insiders say the president’s display of opulence and abuse of power have irked some party heavyweights in the region, including some Members of Parliaments, who believe that the action of the president could compromise party cohesion in the region.
It is roundly suggested that Wontumi’s hawkish and hardline approach towards addressing party disputes and disagreements over the years have not gone done well with some party elders and were bent on voting him out in the coming regional elections.
Asare-Bediako’s hasty decision to accept the president’s largesse has also been noticed by his followers, who have sworn to “teach him political lessons” in future.
However, attempts to reach the presidency for comments on the reports yielded fruitless results, as calls to spokespersons of the president went unanswered.