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Nduom, Ayariga on EOCO radar over GHC1.7m, $6m campaign expenditure

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
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Flagbearers of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom and Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Congress (APC) have been caught on the radar of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) for recent comments they have made over their campaign funds.

Speaking in an interview on Joy FM days after his disqualification from the 2016 presidential elections, Dr Nduom expressed his disappointment in EC's decision disclosing that he had spent over GHc1.7 million cedis for his filing fees and that of his parliamentary candidates at the Electoral Commission (EC) alone.

Mr Ayariga on the other hand, in an interview with Bola Ray on Starr FM's Starr Chat revealed that he had spent over $6 million to purchase vehicles and other campaign materials.

It is against this background that the EOCO has ordered the two to submit by Wednesday October 26,  details of how they funded their campaigns.

A letter signed by the Executive Director of EOCO, Justice Tsar to Dr Nduom partly read,  “Information available to this office is through the effect that you financed the recent filing of nominations for both the presidential and parliamentary candidates with the total amount of GHc 1,750,000 from GN Bank.”

For Mr Ayariga the EOCO said after analysing statements from him, it is interested in how he funded the procurement of those vehicles and campaign materials.

“…The office has analysed your statements and comments made to the media and circulated on social media.

“In one such statement, you are heard to have said you expended over $6 million to procure vehicles, among others. The statement is of great interest to the office", the letter published Daily Graphic reported.