The Member of Parliament for Yunyoo constituency in the Northern Region has revealed he was deceived into endorsing former President John Mahama as flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Joseph Bipoba Naabu said he signed the supposed JM endorsement paper because he thought it was an attendance sheet to check absenteeism in Parliament.
His comment comes to support an earlier allegation by former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale, that the supposed 94 MPs who endorsed Mr Mahama were blackmailed into doing so.
Mr Namoale also claimed that those who really signed the so-called endorsement were only six but did so after they were promised ministerial positions in future.
But MP for Bulsa South, Dr Clement Apaak who is leading the MPS4JM campaign denied the claims, insisting the MPs signed willingly.
But on Asempa FM Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, a livid Joseph Naabu said the “JM boys perpetuated fraud on me”.
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He explained that when the list was passed round on the floor of the House, they were not told it was to endorse former President Mahama.
Rather, the Yunyoo MP indicated that it was after they had signed before former deputy Energy Minister, John Jinapor and others came to his office and told him the list was to endorse JM.
“I was very furious because they deceived me to signing something I don’t believe in. I have endorsed Alban Bagbin and I believe he is the right person to lead the NDC in 2020” he added.
Hon. Joseph Naabu said a vote for former President Mahama will be politically suicidal to the NDC’s agenda of winning power in 2020.
“Even in my constituency, they can’t convince anyone to vote for Mahama how much more me. These JM boys should stop this negative propaganda. on the day of elections, all these boys will sleep early” he scoffed.