The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has expressed surprise at the public backlash that has met his decision to procure buses for the party.
“It is not unprecedented for individuals or groups to fund their political parties in cash or kind so I cannot understand why my decision has attracted so much controversy, the buses are meant to be used for commercial purposes by the party.
“I didn’t single-handedly fund the buses, it’s not me sitting here buying it, I am doing it for the party as chairman with others.
“I informed the party officially about my decision to buy the buses, I informed the steering committee, I told them at a meeting and the party was neither guaranteeing nor paying for the buses.
“It is amazing that people will suggest that it is vote buying and it’s very foolish for people to ask that since the process to procure the buses started long before the conference so it cannot be to influence the delegates to vote for me.
“That arrangement was started 11 months to the election and I had not decided to contest yet,” Mr Blay maintained.
He descended on some individuals who in his view shouldn’t have joined in criticising over the purchase of the buses and the timing of their arrival.
Mr Blay pointed out that the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede was wrong to suggest that the buses portrayed “perception of vote buying”.
“Maybe he doesn’t know what he is talking about, the recent buses are not the only way I have extended support to the party, before then I arranged 200 motorbikes for the regions and two or three pickups for each region.
“Any investigation will be unnecessary even though am not opposed to by an authorised body, the NDC has done things similar to what I have done, yet they are the same people criticising him. –myjoyonline.comRead Full Story