The battle for supremacy in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) continues unabated, and the newest wrangling is between the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, and Chairman Paul Afoko on one side, and the party’s National Treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah, a perceived ‘boy’ of the 2016 presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo on the other side.
The two men, according to information, have refused to append their signatures to the party’s various bank accounts, because accounting for cash given out for party operations is increasingly becoming difficult at the NPP National Headquarters at the Asylum Down in Accra. Indeed, there is a possible case of financial mismanagement brewing inside the party’s national office.
Mr. Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong, were also said to be of the view that from the look of things, a future audit of the party’s finances, will make them look corrupt and squanderers, and in this regards, they have refused to approve and sign memos and cheques issued by the National Treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah.
The Herald, is reliably informed that the National Chairman, the General Secretary and the National Treasurer, are signatories to the party’s bank accounts. The refusal of Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyapong to sign for the withdrawal of party cash, means Abankwa Yeboah, cannot have access to the money.
The National Treasurer, has also warned everyone who intends to donate to the party to ensure that receipt is gotten from the Treasurer, “so that nobody takes money on behalf of the party and doesn’t come to the party.
“I am not going to sit down and encourage people, who want to do things anyhow. We are ready to take over from the NDC, and I want things done properly. When it comes to money, I would not budge, that one I won’t budge, I would make sure the party gets things done properly”, he warned.
Speaking on radio recently, Mr. Yeboah, said there have been some developments at the NPP Headquarters, which he intends to report to the National Executive Council (NEC) and elders of the party, but he was unable to confirm whether or not his name has been removed as signatory to the bank account.
“I don’t know if they have written a letter to have my name removed from the account of the party. I intend to communicate it to the national council and elders of the party to straighten things”, he said.
He accused Mr. Agyapong of seizing moneys and hijacking a vehicle donated to the party. The vehicle, according to him, had been handed over to an errand boy of Mr. Agyapong.
Mr. Yeboah, in the interview on an Accra-based Okay FM with Kwame Nkrumah ‘Tekesie’, revealed that it all started some three weeks ago, after the General Secretary and Chairman, counter issued a cheque he had issued for payment earlier.
The development, followed insistence by the two that they won’t sign for any money until documents covering returns, income expenditures and others, demanded by Mr. Afoko were provided. Abankwa Yeboah, said he provided the chairman with evidence, but the Chairman kept insisting that he won’t sign for salaries, petty cash, and withdrawals for many reasons.
While contemplating on the next move, Mr. Yeboah, said he had information that the two executives had written to the party’s bankers to withdraw money and issued a
directive to the bank.
This did not go down well with Mr. Yeboah, and so he tabled it at the last National Steering Committee meeting, appealing to the NEC to deliberate on the matter to bring amicable solution.
He admits that the general secretary, heads the secretariat which is within the party headquarters at Asylum Down in Accra, but served notice he (Abankwa Yeboah), would not serve under him, because he reports directly to the headquarters as the law stipulates.
“Since we came to office you are taken advice from people and I am telling you that is not how an organization is organized. If you look at the dictionary meaning of a secretariat, treasurer, director of finance, go and look for the proper dictionary meaning. A secretariat is an administrative office within an organization.
It is a department; a secretariat is a set up within an organization. We have headquarters, me as a treasure, I work under the headquarters, I report to the chairman, I report to NEC and I report to the finance committee, I don’t report to you the general secretary”, he said.
But in a separate interview with the station, Mr. Agyapong, said that he was the spending officer and that the treasurer was overstepping his bounds.
Mr. Yeboah, insisted that he would not shout on rooftops over the matter, but would not also kowtow to the whims and caprices of the NPP General Secretary, who he says “wants to play certain trickery”.
He accused Mr. Agyapong of seizing moneys and hijacking a vehicle donated to the party. The vehicle is registered in the name of the party and given to an officer, who would sign for the record, but the vehicle according to him, is still with Mr. Agyapong, who had given it to his “boy”.
“Someone has come to dash us a car, you say the car is for the secretariat, ok, so let us register the car in the name of the party, assign the car, let the person who has taken the car take a note that this car has been assign to him so that when we leave office, we handover to the next people, you said no up till now, we don’t know the name in which the car is registered”, he narrated.
When the host asked where the car may be, Mr. Yeboah said, “As for the car, I confronted him with chairman and the chairman said it was given to the secretariat and I said no problem if it was given to the secretariat, let us register the car in the name of the party and let it be assigned to the secretariat or whoever is responsible so we have the record, but as at now, it hasn’t been done and am not aware.
If we have done that, like the registration document would be in the save of the party, because I keep the asset record. He has given the car to one of his boys at the secretariat”.
Asked if he has any problem with Mr. Agyapong, he said he has had no issue with the man he says calls him “brother”, adding that he (Mr. Yeboah), even campaigned for him as at the time they were contesting for posts. He also revealed that they were also schoolmates in the 1980s at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), together with ex-NPP General Secretary now Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere, Dan Kweku Botwe.
He is afraid, if nothing is done to check the activities of Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyapong, it would be difficult for the party to gather enough money for the 2016 general elections campaign.
He implored everyone who intends to donate to the party to ensure that receipt is gotten from the Treasurer, “so that nobody takes money on behalf of the party and it doesn’t come to the party.
“I am not going to sit down and encourage people who want to do things anyhow. We are ready to take over from the NDC, and I want things done properly. When it comes to money, I would not budge, that one I won’t budge, I would make sure the party gets things done properly”, he warned.
More to come!