National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddie Blay
National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddie Blay
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The National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, has revealed he never promised to use State cash to purchase buses for the party.

Rather, he said he promised to use his contact to secure a loan to procure the buses which will make the NPP financially viable.

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Mr Blay in his quest for the chairmanship position of the NPP promised to deliver 275 buses to each constituency office of the NPP to aid party officials in the discharge of their duties.

The promise, which was attributed to his victory, generated a lot of controversies with many questioning his source of income.

The NPP chairman has been dragged to court over the issue.

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A group, Coalition for Social Justice, has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to look into the matter. It said the purchase of the buses amounted to vote buying and a case of corruption which must be probed by the Commission.

Reacting to the issue on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, an emotional Mr Blay said he had not been given a fair hearing

“It’s a pity this country we don’t investigate to get the facts. We condemn people before getting the facts. They accuse me of corruption without knowing the facts,” he bemoaned.

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Mr Blay revealed how his children are embarrassed when people tag him as being corrupt over the bus issue.

The NPP Chairman, peeved over the issue, also accused CHRAJ of being “mischievous” for asking him to produce the custom declaration forms and other documents covering duties paid for the vehicle.

 “People try to make it look like I have stolen money but it’s not my money, it’s a loan facility,” he stressed.

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In spite of the challenge, Mr Blay said he is still committed to engaging in profitable ventures that will make the NPP financially sound while in power or even in opposition.

“Governments don’t fund parties so how do they fund the party. Those talking about my promise are just hypocrites,” he added.

Source: Ghana||Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman