Immediate past Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Mr. Kofi Asante Darko, has been fingered in an impasse that has given a chokehold on the announcement of results of an election for a new Students Representative Council President.
Mr. Darko, who is the father to the Executive Secretary to President Akufo-Addo, is said to have achieved the chokehold through the Registrar of the School, Julius Atikpui.
Mr. Atikpui, is said to have directed the IT Department of GIMPA not to release the election results after the election had been conducted on Friday.
The lull in the school’s election result is believed to because the Candidate who had won to become the new SRC President of GIMPA is not pro-government.
GIMPA SRC Presidency has been held by known pro-NPP students for the past six years and every orchestration was used in Friday’s election to ensure that the tradition continued, Whatsup News gathered.
However, the tradition was broken because the person who won is reportedly not pro NPP.
For Mr. Atikpui, the debacle that he has allegedly created kills two birds with one stone for him – first, he is said to be a dyed-in-the-wool NPP man within the GIMPA Administration and so frustrating the assumption of the Presidency by someone who is not pro-NPP is in service to his beloved party.
Second, Mr. Atikpui, who is also the Secretary of the School is said to be due for retirement next year and is allegedly hoping to leverage his connections in the NPP to have his contract extended by the Akufo-Addo government.
Meanwhile, junior and senior staff of GIMPA are said to be unhappy with the administration of Mr. Atikpui.
The GIMPA Governing Council, which Nana Asante Bediatuo’s father served on has been dissolved, and so Mr. Kofi Asante Darko’s alleged remote control of things on campus has reportedly enraged the campus community.
Meanwhile, Mr. Julius Atikpui has been blamed for abetting the corrupt administration of the immediate past President of the SRC, Joseph Osei, which was fined Ghc190, 000 for allegedly embezzling SRC money.
After the fine, Mr. Atikpui is said to have scuttled legal requirements and released the certificates of members of Joseph Osei and his alleged accomplices in the embezzlement when the school was supposed to keep their certificates until they paid up the money.