Defeated aspirant in the Assin North NPP parliamentary race, Eric Amankwa Blay has said the bicycles he gave out to delegates had a condition attached and not a free gift.
Speaking on StarrNews, Mr Amankwa said, the thing is that the time that we were going round with my campaign team last year, in jotting points down we found out that in the electoral areas, during campaign, they have to walk from village to village so I and my team planned to give them bicycles so that it will be easy for them to campaign during the general elections. So we came back and then sat down with my financiers and at the end of the day they also agreed that we have to issue bicycles to all the delegates.”
He explained that the bicycle was given on the condition that delegates would only keep them if he won the primaries. However, that never came to reality so he had to take them back.
“And the condition was, if I win then you take the bicycles. As for the transportation and then a little bit of token it will be given to you. But if I win, then the bicycles will be yours. That was the condition. So it was a winning bonus, not a gift or a donation. But it was a winning bonus because you know that was if you are going to play a match and at the end of the day you lose you won’t pay losing bonus but a winning bonus and they also understood it,” he added.
In his response to an order by the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu to return the bicycles to the delegates or risk being sacked from the party, Mr Amankwa said he is yet to receive an official communication from the party on that.
“Right now, officially nobody has called. There is no letter written to me. So if they call or I receive a letter of that nature…maybe he (John Boadu) also does not know that there was a condition. So the best thing that I have to do is if I receive any official letter or call, then I will respond to it and explain everything to them and I know by all means they will also get something to say about it and they will understand me too,” he said.