Embittered Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu Constituency in the Northern Region, Ras Mubarak has finally named the rich sponsor of his opponent who orchestrated his defeat at last Saturday parliamentary primaries.
He revealed that a businessman identified as Hamza Abdulaziz a.k.a Hamza Tanko was the moneybag man who paid the way through for his opponent to ensure that he [Ras Mubarak] was humiliated in that manner.
According to the lawmaker, an estimated GH¢500,000 was doled out to National Democratic Congress (NDC) delegates in the area which smacks of vote buying insisting he has incontrovertible evidence to back his claims.
“If we do not pay urgent attention to the issues of vote buying that is creeping into our politics, soon we will have drug dealers and terrorists choosing our MPs and even the president with their money”, a situation he said ‘would undermine the integrity of our democracy”. He warned.
Ras Mubarak also revealed that the matter has been reported to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) with suspicion money laundering is involved in all this.
“As a country, we have to rethink the way we want our politics to go forward. We have seen levels of vote-buying and particularly in the Kumbungu election.”
“Interestingly I have even reported and complained to the BNI to look into the possibility of money laundering. Officially, I have reported to the BNI to look at how people could just share money like crazy so to speak just three days ago.”
The MP lost to a Lecturer with the University for Development Studies (UDS), Dr Hamza Adam who polled 401 as against the incumbent’s 273 and 81 votes for the third candidate Baba Abdulai.
Ras Mubarak who was optimistic of carrying the day has been left disappointed together with his supporters after results declared signaled his obituary.