As John Boadu Contradicts Acting Chairman; Nana Akomea & STC Pulled Into Foggy US$11 Million Deal
Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay’s ambition to become the substantive chair of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has suffered a jolt, with revelations by the acting General Secretary that his much-publicized 275 Toyota buses to be offered to the ruling party’s delegates after his victory tomorrow, are not his, but someone else.
Contrary to what the NPP delegates who are converging in Koforidua, have been made to believe by Mr Blay and his team, John Boadu, reveals the acting National Chairman, is only serving as a guarantor on behalf of the ruling party in the procurement of the 275 buses for all the NPP Constituency offices.
The cars, have been priced at 11 million United States Dollars, with many asking about Mr Blay’s source of income.
Again, contrary to earlier reports that, the buses will be given out to each of the 275 constituencies across the country, Richard Nyamaha, said that the vehicles would not be distributed to the constituencies, but to the State Transport Company (STC) Limited led by Nana Akomea, to be professionally managed on behalf of the 275 constituencies.
The Herald is informed that last Wednesday, the management of STC at a hurriedly organised meeting decided to operate the buses at a 10percent management fee contrary to the institutionalised 20percent.
Other details on the deal as to what percentage the NPP Constituency offices are going to get, are not yet out, but the whole process appears deceptively cooked to sway the NPP delegate to vote for Mr Blay.
Mr Blay, few months ago, announced his “personal initiative” to empower the NPP delegates financially by giving them buses to operate a transport business across their constituencies, if he is voted as NPP national chairman.
According to him, the move is to raise funds for the ruling party at the grassroots level to ensure strong and effective structures are put in place to guarantee victory for the party in the 2020 polls.
On Wednesday, Mr Blay’s team took delivery of 100 out of the 275 Toyota Hiace Super-roof vehicles at the Tema Port with a huge media bliss.
Although, Mr Blay was not physically present at the ceremony, members of his campaign team led by his spokesperson, Richard Nyama, were present to extol his virtues to the pressmen.
Mr Nyama, also contradicted acting General Secretary, saying Mr Blay is not a guarantor, but rather playing a leading role among few associates of his by acquiring a loan facility of US$11 million to procure the buses for the constituencies.
He reiterated that the decision to let the STC manage the buses was essentially to ensure that the buses were managed professionally and to guarantee maximum profitability since the loan facility is expected to be paid back in full within the next two years.
But Mr Boadu, who is also aspiring for the NPP General Secretary slot, didn’t want to be left out of the political point-scoring, yesterday told Accra FM that: “Freddie Blay only served as a guarantor on behalf of the party during the signing of the contract to procure the buses. I [John Boadu] also signed as witness on the document.”
Months ago, Mr Blay, promised ahead of the NPP’s delegates’ conference in Koforidua on Saturday, July 7, that he will gift each Constituency of the party a bus.
As of Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Mr Blay told journalists that: “A financial institution is helping us” while responding to the source of funding for the buses.
“We’re taking a bank facility to do so. It’s self-paying… We do so for and for every constituency. It’s not about if they vote for me first before I do it. The buses are in the country. They’re in the harbour.”
Mr Blay, is contesting for the national chairmanship of the NPP alongside two others, Mr Stephen Ayesu Ntim and Dr. Richard Amoako Baah.
Mr Ntim, has meanwhile accused Freddie Blay of vote buying by procuring the 275 new buses for party executives in each Constituency is an attempt to influence delegates, who will show up to vote in the party’s upcoming national executive elections on Saturday.
At a press conference, Mr Ntim, said that the move is disingenuous.
“If you are really in love with your party or any organization that you belong to, you don’t wait till a situation arises where you need favour from the people before you say I’m giving you a bus. If you do that, it amounts to vote-buying. Why is it that during the 2016 campaign he didn’t bring 275 pickups, not even buses, but wait for the time when you say ‘vote for me and get these buses’. That amounts to vote-buying,” he said.
Stephen Ntim, however, advised the delegates not to be swayed by the gifts and offers from Freddie Blay.
“Please accept anything that is offered to you, but do not allow those considerations to influence your decision to vote for Ntim,” he advised NPP delegates.
While touting some of his achievements, Mr Ntim, said 16 years ago, he single-handedly donated 14 vehicles to the party.
Back then he identified a need and took care of it without making any promises to anyone or expecting anything in return.
He said, every regional secretariat of the party received a vehicle from him, while four constituencies received one vehicle each.
“It is important to note that in those days, this modest gesture was unprecedented in the party,” he said.
He said, he wants delegates to consider him and vote for him due to his contribution to the party over the years.
Meanwhile, one Chris owner, Senalie Group, has been linked to the supply of the buses.