Acting Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddie Blay has dared the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) to petition the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for his 1 constituency, 1 bus campaign promise to all NPP constituencies across Ghana.
The Programmes Manager of the GII, Mary Addah has called on the EOCO to investigate the acting National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, who is seeking re-election, for promising 1-constituency, 1-bus for commercial purposes ahead of the NPP elections.
Mary Addah said, “why is he buying all these buses at a time they are going for their elections? What is the intention behind the buses?”
According to the GII, the promise by Freddie Blay is a clear issue of vote-buying which is against the electoral laws of Ghana to induce voters to vote for you.
But in a statement signed by Richard Nyamah spokesperson for Freddie Blay said, Programmes Manager of the GII, Mary Addah "mischievously and deliberately misrepresented and invented her own facts as to what Freddie Blay is supposed to have said in a couple of interviews to the effect that he has acquired 275 buses for each NPP Constituency in the country".
The statement added that Freddie Blay did not at any point in his interviews say that;
(1) He is giving the buses as gifts to the constituencies.
(2) He is by the buses seeking to influence them (delegates) to vote for him as Chairman of NPP.
(3) He is taking advantage of his incumbency as acting chairman of the party.
The Campaign Team of Freddie Blay in setting the records straight said;
“Freddie Blay has indicated his belief in the NPP foundational principle of a property-owning democracy. To actualize it, he emphasized that his MAIN objective as the next NPP National Chairman will be to empower the party and its members to own businesses and property for the party to be self-sufficient whether in government or not.
To this effect, Freddie Blay unveiled a business model to empower the various constituencies.
In this plan, Freddie 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.
The various constituencies will open bank accounts and pay monthly installments.
A portion of the proceeds is to be lodged into the constituency account for use by the constituencies for party activities. At the end of full payments, the buses become the property of the constituency, who are encouraged to buy new buses or invest the proceeds into other businesses to help finance the party at the constituency level”.
The statement added that “We wish to urge Ms. Mary Adda and the Ghana Integrity Initiative to file a petition at the EOCO or CHRAJ or both if they feel strongly that Freddie Blay has engaged in any wrongdoing. However, we will want to caution them not to allow themselves to be used by our opponents to do their bidding”.