Samuel Nartey George, MP for Ningo-Prampram, has revealed that he sold his house in the run-up to the 2016 general elections. The MP defeated the incumbent Enoch Teye Mensah, in a party primary and became the NDC candidate.
Sam George told Adakabre Frimpong Manso of Neat FM in a recent interview that, at the time, his wife was heavily pregnant but his parliamentary ambition was at stake, hence the hasty decision to move to his parent’s house in order to achieve his aim.
“…my wife was eight months pregnant, I had to sell my house to fund that campaign because nobody was going to give me money, nobody believed that I will win that election . . . my wife told me that Kwabena, if you do this and we lose don’t come home . . . I was a month away from my primaries,” he said.
He explained further, “…nobody was willing to give because they said there was no way Sam George would defeat ET Mensah…”
Sam George indicated that he felt disappointed in former president John Dramani Mahama for refusing to help him during his campaign because the former president had made it clear to him that ET Mensah was a senior member of his administration.
He said, “I was very hurt, very very hurt and I have had the opportunity to discuss this issue with President John Dramani Mahama post everything . . .”
Sam George further explained the funding matter between him and John Mahama: “. . . he told me he was not going to be the one to fuel my ambition to unseat Hon. ET Mensah . . . I am saying it with all conviction and the truth that President Mahama did not give me one pesewa, one pesewa, he didn’t give to me. I was very pained…..it was one of the few times if not the only time President Mahama had turned me down”.