The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has asked the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) to immediately investigate the acting Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Freddie Blay.
Their calls follow the 275 buses he intends gifting to the NPP for commercial purposes.
Mr Blay had said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme last Friday that “I am supplying buses to all the constituency branches of the NPP. Each constituency will receive a bus from me personally for commercial purposes just to raise money for party activities.”
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According to the programme manager of GII, Mary Addah, the move by Mr Blay is a clear case of vote-buying, a development that is against the electoral laws of the country.
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But reacting to GII’s allegations on the same show, spokesperson for Freddie Blay, Richard Nyamaah, said the buses are not a gift to all the constituencies.
According to him, Mr. Blay has, through a facility, “acquired 275 buses for the 275 constituencies of the NPP in the country.
“The various Constituency Chairmen and Secretaries are to co-sign for each constituency. The said buses are to be run commercially by any bus operator in the country, a process we are currently negotiating on”, he said.
The various constituencies will open bank accounts and pay monthly instalments. The buses are not a gift to all constituencies. it is solely a Freddie Blay initiative”, he added.
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According to Richard Nyamaah, GII mischievously and deliberately misrepresented and invented their facts as to what Mr. Freddie Blay said.
He assured the public that Mr Blay, as an astute lawyer and one who has been an active participant in Ghana’s democratic venture, and aware of the law on gifts and has no intention of flouting same.