Assembly members in the Berekum West District Assembly of the Brong Ahafo Region numbering about nine(9) have returned bribes they took from disappointed District Chief Executive (DCE) nominee, Hon Martin Adjei.
Hon Martin Adjei is reported to have paid GH¢2000 to the about 27 assembly members to facilitate his confirmation but he got only 12 votes out of the 27 total votes which sparked his anger after the exercise.
Per the computation of the Electoral Commission, the nominee polled twelve representing 44.4% and 15 rejected representing 55.6%.
This generated tension in the assembly among its members and the nominee allegedly requesting for the refund of his monies to the assembly members or he uses other means to retrieve the cash.
But speaking to Angel FM in an interview last Tuesday, the assemblyman for Jinijini, Hon Isaac Adjei confirmed 9 of them have paid back the money they took from the nominee.
He also affirmed the amount paid to them was GH¢2,000 as reported earlier by the disappointed DCE.
Martin Obeng-Adjei the nominee was required to pull a majority of two- thirds votes to be able to name as the District Chief Executive (DCE) but failed and only obtained 12 votes which fell short of the 18 needed in the 27-member Assembly.
Mr. Isaac Adjei when asked why he refunded the money along with his other assembly members, he stated that they refunded the monies to the disappointed nominee because the intention for the paid amount was not achieved.
“Out of 27 assembly members he got twelve votes 9 of us, however, realized it was not fair and decided to return the money” Mr. Isaac Adjei explained indicating that he has also urged the rest of his members to return the money.