The Member of Parliament for Jomoro Constituency in the Western Region who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Paul Essien has refuted media reports suggesting that about 20 members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have defected to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Paul Essien- Jomoro MP

There was a news item buzzing on some online portal that during the visit by the Former President, John Mahama in the Jomoro Constituency on Tuesday, January 8, 2018, to canvass votes from the NDC delegates ahead of the party's presidential primaries, 20 members of the NPP defected to the NDC and were ushered.

The caption of the publication was; "Twenty Jomoro NPP members defect to NDC, destroy Akufo-Addo's T-shirts" and it was published on Wednesday, January 9.

But in an interview with Ashh Fm National Agenda on Monday, Jomoro MP, put on record that those people who claimed they were members of the NPP were actually not.

‘’ Again no party T-SHIRT or whatsoever was destroyed by such persons who claim to be party people", he emphasized.

He added that, ‘’ I’m not surprised about this politically staged defections because the NDC knowing they have loss grounds to the NPP in Jomoro wants to use such a devilish tactics to throw dust into the eyes of people for them to believe that all is not well in Jomoro".

Hon. Paul Essien disclosed to Oderfour Qwasi Kay that, since his assumption of office he has undertaken numerous projects and programmes that the constituents never saw during the time of NDC members of Parliament.