The tough-talking member of the oppostion National Democratic Congress (NDC) was appointed MCE by the late President JEA Mills in 2011, however he was dismissed during the John Mahama administration in July 2015.
Mr Ponkoh lucky to have been renominated for the same position in March 2016 but was rejected twice by assembly members.
He made the disclosure on Accra based Neat FM Tuesday while commenting on the several cases of rejection of MMDCE nominees across the country.
According to him, “monecracy” rules at the local level, largely when MMDCE nominees are being confirmation.
“Even after they (the assembly members) took my money, they still voted against me…I took a loan to pay these members but they turned me down. I spent over ¢3 billion (Gh¢300,000) and I’m still paying.”
When the host emphasized he paid bribe, Ponkoh retorted “You can describe it as you want, these assembly members come from far places to meet and take decisions on nominees and some have to eat and drink water.”
Mr Ponkoh stated that he paid each member of the about 70 member body (assembly) Gh¢1,500 per round to be voted as MCE, but the members deceived him.
“It is not easy at all… I’m still servicing the loans.”