Defeated Eastern Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Basil Ahiable has revealed that he met with some leaders of the party who pleaded with him to step down for John Owusu Amankrah, popularly known as Jowak, the eventual winner of last Saturday’s contest.

His revelations come after failed Eastern Regional Chairman of NDC, Tawiah Boateng blamed former appointees of the party of ganging up against his re-election bid.

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He revealed that Basil Ahiable was given 1.3 billion by some bigwigs of the party to step down for his contender, claims, Basil Ahiable said are true even though he was not offered any money as it is being purported.

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Yes some leaders of the party met with me close to 2 hours to ask me to step down for Jowak but trust me, I refused to heed their demands. They didn’t talk about money like it has been purported.  I didn’t even give them the chance and that is why I didn’t hear the money bit, but all the same, I turned them down and delegates voted against me” he said.

Jowak polled 373 as against Mr Tawiah Boateng’s 28 votes.

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Three people contended for the Chairmanship position and Mr Basil Ahiable who came the third polled 249 votes.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Monday, Mr Ahiable refused to divulge any other details of the reasons the leaders of the party asked him to step down.