A Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has denied claims that he owes a New Patriotic Party youth group.
The group, Elephant Youth Association (OSONO), claimed the deputy Chief of Staff was holding on to monies meant for them from the presidency.
But Mr Asenso-Boakye in a statement urged the public to disregard the claims.
“I wish to state categorically that I do not owe any person or group of persons money. Neither has the President given me any money due a group of persons which I have withheld as alleged.”
“It’s a well-orchestrated and vile attempt to cause disaffection and besmirch my reputation. I remain focused in performing my duties to His Excellency, the President and Government.”
Members of a group calling itself the Elephant Youth Association also known as “Osono” within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had Wednesday morning stormed the residence of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr.Assenso-Boakye to demand some money they claim he owes them.
The group is said to be the initiator and operator of an elephant mascot that usually organises parades at political campaigns and rallies of the governing NPP.
The group claims Mr Assenso-Boakye has also denied them all financial assistance from President Akufo-Addo.
A member of the group, who spoke to Class News, said: “Mr Assenso is owing us and we are here for our money. We hear the government has given the money to him to give to us but he’s lying to us that he has paid the money to Mr Osono, but Mr Osono says he hasn’t received any money, so, we are demonstrating to collect our money.”
The National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Nana Boakye, popularly known as Nana B, intervened and promised the angry youth he would resolve the matter and, therefore, arranged a meeting with the leadership of the group at the party’s head office for Wednesday afternoon.
Find below his full statement
Deputy Chief of Staff Francis Asenso-Boakye writes:
This morning, a group of young men calling themselves Elephant Youth Association (OSONO) besieged my official residence ostensibly to demand for money owed them. I wish to state categorically that I do not owe any person or group of persons money. Neither has the President given me any money due a group of persons which I have withheld as alleged.
I urge the general public to disregard any news circulating on social media and other media portals that I owe the so-called OSONO which is not an identifiable group within the NPP. It’s a well-orchestrated and vile attempt to cause disaffection and besmirch my reputation. I remain focused in performing my duties to His Excellency, the President and Government.
I have since lodged a formal complaint with the police.