Cousin Ofori-Atta Boasts ‘I sponsored NPP’s 2012 campaign with GHc1.5 Million Loan’
The entrenched positions, taken by the central characters in the crisis that has hit the New Patriotic Party (NPP), resulting in the spill of blood can best be described with the idiomatic expression “he who pays the piper calls the tune.”
It has emerged that NPP’s 2016 flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, and his extended family, are the biggest financiers of the NPP, hence won’t allow any other person or group of persons, including National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and Kwabena Agyapong, to decide the direction of the party, even if it is towards victory.
Yesterday, the former Chief Executive of Data Bank, Ken Ofori-Atta, who is a cousin to Nana Akufo-Addo, revealed to the press through an official statement, how he singlehandedly secured a GH¢1.5 million loan facility for the NPP 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Campaign.
The ex-Data Bank boss, was the same cousin who brought his friend, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, then the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), to be made the running mate to Nana Addo in 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
Mr. Ofori-Atta, in the statement to the media exonerated the party from the loan and accepted responsibility for any obligation that arises from the GHC1.5 million facility, and suggested that the letter making the rounds, was deliberately leaked by under fire NPP National Chairman to create mischief.
According to him, the loan was a purely private business transaction and that the NPP played no part in contracting it. He said, it was, therefore, inappropriate for the bank to write a letter to the Chairman, demanding the repayment of the loan.
“It has come to my notice that a letter written to me and copied to the National Chairman, from the Prudential Bank about a transaction that took place during the 2012 election campaign is being circulated in sections of the media….I am personally liable for any obligation that arises from this transaction and not in any way
the New Patriotic Party,” Ofori Atta explained.
According to him, the facility was taken to “complement” the resources the NPP had raised to support the operations of Polling Station Agents.
This came to light following a two-page letter from Prudential Bank to the opposition NPP, demanding the repayment of the GHC 2,290,631.36 million loan the party procured for its 2012 presidential election campaign.
The bank said, the amount has remained unpaid since 2012, despite a reminder to the party in January this year.
He said, the disbursement and transfers of the facility was supervised and executed by the then Campaign Manager, Boakye Agyarko.
“This was to supplement the entire polling station operation on Election Day (D Day) including logistics, feeding and stipends. It must be noted that this amount was not the total amount spent on D Day operations,” he said.
He remarked that the party was “fully aware” and “grateful” for the transaction.
He also urged the supporters of the party and the entire public to “disregard the mischief that the leakage of this letter and those behind it seek to create.”
“Our party has always been proud to fund itself by contributions and sacrifices of its members. This loan was guaranteed privately and the party, therefore, is not directly liable for it.”
The bank is demanding immediate payment, because an earlier notice sent to the party in January did not yield a response.
Meanwhile, history it seems, is about to be repeated as the name Ofori-Atta and political party disintegration is not new in Ghana’s politics. The name can be traced to the days of William Ofori-Atta alias “Paa Willie” who happens to be the father of Ken Ofori-Atta.
The late Paa Willie, it is recorded was an uncle to Nana Addo, and together they ensured that former President, John Kufuor’s mentor, Victor Owusu, lost the presidency to the late Dr. Hilla Limann in 1979.
He led United National Convention (UNC), coming third with 17.41 percent of the popular votes, after Victor Owusu’s Popular Front Party (PFP), which had 38 percent votes.
Paa Willie, was part of the “Big Six” with Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah and Nana Akufo-Addo’s father, Edward Akufo-Addo, who was their in-law. Both Dr. Danquah and Paa Willie, were maternally related to Nana Addo’s mother, Adelaide Akufo-Addo.
Other members of the “Big Six” were Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Arko Adjei and Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, father of Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the ex-NPP National Chairman.