How I paid stopped Togolese from voting in the 2016 elections – recalls Hopeson Adorye

Hopeson Adorye is a prominent member of Alan Kyerematen's Movement for Change play the videoHopeson Adorye is a prominent member of Alan Kyerematen’s Movement for Change

A leading member of Alan Kyerematen’s Movement for Change, Hopeson Adorye, has shared details of an operation he led to prevent suspected Togolese citizens from voting in the 2016 general election.

In an interview on Onua TV on May 16, 2024, Hopeson Adorye indicated that the operation he led, which involved the use of explosives, took place within the borders of Togo, not Ghana.

He said he formed a team and took them to Togo to hold talks with traditional authorities in communities bordering Ghana, to urge them to talk to their people so that they would not cross the border to vote in the 2016 elections.

“There is the problem that in the Volta region, during the elections, Togolese came and registered to vote. In 2016 they came to register well, but I was in charge of deactivating the system so that they would not come to vote.

“I chose a team and made them swear that they were not going to inform the regional executives of what we were going to do,” he narrated in Twi.

He added: “We had a relative who grew up there (Togo) and had a good relationship with the traditional authorities there. So, he moved us from one authority to another so that we could engage with them. When we met them, we gave them a lot of money (CFA) to use for promotional activities, radio ads and things like that.”

Adorye, a former parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), also indicated that the other part of his strategy was to create a situation that would make Togolese nationals afraid to cross the border to vote during the 2016 elections, which was where produced the explosion. in.

He said he told the Togolese that things were going to happen if they tried to cross the border to vote, and that the explosion and subsequent commotion were used for that purpose.

He insisted that everything, including the explosion, occurred in Togo and not in the Volta region, as some claim.

“I told them that things were going to happen and not to come… From what we told them, we put things in order. Everything that happened took place in Togo. Those who say this happened in the Volta region, if they throw this (dynamite) at a polling station, won’t people die? Who in the Volta region can say that there was an explosion in their area?

“And I locked people up. After that (the explosion), I made them leave on the motorcycles. There was an uproar and people started saying that what we had told them had started to happen. It was a strategy. “Everything happened in Togo,” she reiterated.

He added that Ghanaian security officials, including the Inspector General of Police, cannot invite him to explain what happened because it occurred outside the country’s jurisdiction.

He also chastised the PNP for not rewarding him and the people he mobilized for the operation.

It may be recalled that veteran journalist Kwami Sefa Kayi called on security agencies to arrest and investigate Hopeson Adorye for alleging that the ruling New Patriotic Party used dynamite to intimidate voters in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections.

Watch their comments in the video below (starting at 7:00):

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