Investigations conducted by Today published by, GhanaPoliticsonline.com have uncovered that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Fundraising Account at the Suame Branch of Stanbic Bank has seriously been compromised.
The paper discovered that within a period of just three months (from January-March 2016,) a colossal amount of GHC73,900 was withdrawn from the Account, which money, as of January 2016, was GHC88,0000.
The withdrawal of the GHC73,900 left only GHC14,100 in the Account at the said period.
That development, Today gathered, raised a lot of eyebrows among the rank-and-file of the party.
However, underground scouting done by Today at the Suame branch of Stanbic Bank revealed the said withdrawal [which money was about GHC73,900] was allegedly done by the Ashanti regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi-Bosiako, aka Wontumi, and the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, Janet Abban.
The paper further discovered that so far Chairman Wontumi and the finance committee chairperson have not been able to account for the said withdrawal.
Today learnt further that the party’s 2016 flag-bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was informed about the development and was obviously not happy about it.GhanaPoliticsonline.com
Inside sources told Today that some leading NPP members cannot understand why the party has since not taken a decisive action on the matter.
“It is obvious that the party hierarchy is shelving some of its members, and seriously that does not do any good to our party,” the sources affirmed.
What was also preventing the NPP from dealing decisively with the matter, Today gathered, was the bad press the party received in the run-up to that fundraiser in Kumasi.
That, the sources said, has made it difficult for the NPP to name and shame those who unduly benefited from the party’s funds.Ghanapoliticsonline.com
Meanwhile, there are also unanswered questions about the secret Ecobank account which was reactivated without the knowledge of the party’s chairman and general secretary at the time, the supposed offshore account where loads of withdrawals were made without proper procedure, among others.
Our sources noted that the inability of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the flag-bearer to tackle corrupt attitudes of some of their officials was because bringing it out would rather affect the party’s ability to raise more funds as people would become lethargic towards giving to the party.
“Who will give you money when he/she hears that officials of the party have been misappropriating it, just look at what is happening in Ashanti Region now. Even if it is not true, how many people will hear later that it is not true,” the sources noted sadly.
The NPP is facing a herculean challenge to reveal or not to reveal the many damning stories surrounding their previous funds raised to help the party regain power.
Sources close to the national office of the party disclosed to Today that even though their fundraising activity received some level of response, it was abysmally low as compared to previous ones that were launched.
The reason, according to our sources, is that there has been too much brouhaha regarding the finances of the party in recent times that many benefactors have developed cold feet towards giving.
However, attempts by Today to get the NPP’s Ashanti regional chairman to comment on the allegations proved futile as calls and text messages placed on his 0244071818 went unanswered.
For instance, one of the text messages which was sent to him by Today on April 19, 2016 at 5:35 p.m., and was resent on May 15, 2016 at 11:11 a.m., read: “I am Atta Kwaku Boadi, News Editor of Today Newspaper. I will appreciate if you could pick my call. It is very important I talk to you about a story I am working on for publication tomorrow. Thank you.”
This is aside from the many phone calls our Ashanti Region Bureau Chief, James Appiakorang Jr., made to Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako.
The paper also tried to get a reaction from the national headquarters of the NPP, but all our efforts yielded no positive results.
Among the NPP national officers, Today contacted via phone, were acting General Secretary, John Boadu, and Communications Director, Nana Akomea.
And interestingly these two leading members of the NPP did not answer any of our phone calls in addition to text messages we sent to them.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/GhanaPoliticsonline.com/JAMES APPIAKORANG JR