Over Grabbing Grabbing Revelation
Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, will no longer speak to the media in an official capacity on any matter, until a disciplinary case against him is resolved, the party’s acting General Secretary, John Boadu, has said.
According to Mr. Boadu, who was one of the persons accused on the secret tape forming the basis of the probe and the gag order, said the decision against Nana Obiri Boahen, was taken by the party’s National Steering Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, following the leaked audio tape in which the Deputy General Secretary, made some serious allegations against the NPP.
Mr. Obiri-Boahen in the secretly recorded conversation with one Kweku Skirt, a broadcaster based in the United States of America (USA), which has gone viral on social media, is heard claiming that the Presidency gave the party Gh¢50 billion to conduct the party’s 2017 National Annual Delegates Conference in Cape Coast.
He is also heard in the same recording, lamenting about how he was given only GH¢5,000 of the GH¢50 billion as a member of the Resolution Committee among other complaints of unfair treatment.
Mr. Obiri-Boahen, has taken responsibility for the recording and has since apologized for the comments.
But John Boadu explained that the Steering Committee would be looking into claims in the leaked audio of Nana Obiri Boahen.
“For now, Nana Obiri Boahen will not speak for the party but can speak for himself. NEC [National Executive Committee] has to conduct investigations into the tape to decide. If he is found guilty, he will then face the Disciplinary Committee of the party for the appropriate punishment”, he said on the Accra-based radio, Okay FM.
“But as I’m speaking now, I cannot tell you what his punishment will be when he meets with the Disciplinary Committee of the party”, he added.
Mr. Boadu noted that the National Steering Committee has thus referred his conduct to the party’s disciplinary committee in accordance with Article 4 of the party’s constitution.
As the head of the legal team, he (Nana Obiri Boahen) has been asked to hand over to Garry Nimako to take over, till the issue is resolved.
Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahene, will later today, Wednesday, appear before the party’s Steering Committee, to answer questions on some damaging allegations he made against his party in a leaked audio that has gone viral.
Nana Obiri Boahen, in the leaked phone conversation said that, despite playing a key role in NPP’s victory in the last general elections, he had been ignored since the party came into power.
He had stated that, the party had failed to provide him with an official car for his work, adding that “I don’t remember the last time I received a monthly salary from the party.”
“Till date, I don’t even have an office at the party’s headquarters. To be frank, I have been using my own private car, and the party has not given me any official car for my use as Deputy General Secretary. I buy my own fuel. And even on official trips abroad, I’ll be left to my fate. When I recently went to Germany, it was an NPP Member who bought a ticket for me. I went to Spain, Dortmund it was an individual that processed my trip. I do virtually everything, and I don’t remember the last time I received a monthly salary from the party,” he said in the leaked tape.
Obiri Boahen, had also made other allegation against the party’s acting General Secretary, john Boadu, when he lamented that no Minister, District Chief Executive (DCE) or even the acting General Secretary, had offered him a government contract, suggesting that others who had not worked as hard as he did to ensure the party won the polls, were benefiting greatly.
“No Minister, DCE, MCE has called for any contract. What is happening is grabbing” he claimed.
“John Boadu has never called me to say there is a contract at the headquarters so bring a paper and claim it. It has never happened so I am quiet and watching,” he said.
But these claims were dismissed by John Boadu, who intimated that he does not give contracts to party officials.
“Is that what is supposed to be done; that ministers will call party officials and dole out contracts to them, that as I sit at the headquarters, I should be able to call my colleagues that I have contracts and that they should come for them, is that how the country should be run, that party officials, because we are national officers of the party, we must be given vehicles just because we are in government?”John Boadu had stated.
Though, Nana Obiri Boahen, has since apologized for his comments, it is unclear what action will be taken against him.