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General News of Friday, 25 January 2013

Source: citi fm

I need my 4x4 – Pastor Akpadi warns NDC

A popular gospel singer, Pastor Lenny Akpadi is asking the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) fulfill promises the party made to him prior to the 2008 general elections.

Pastor Akpadi said the NDC under the late President John Mills promised him an amount of GHC 7,000 and a four-wheel drive vehicle for using his hit song during the party’s campaign.

According to him, the party has fulfilled the first part of the promise of paying him the GHC 7,000 but has failed to deliver the vehicle.

The popular musician who stormed the offices of Citi FM to lodge the complaint named some top government officials including President John Mahama as part of those who promised but failed to give him the vehicle.

He said: “It was Koku Anyidoho and Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and it was for me to do a song for the party and they were complaining that they didn’t have money and I believe strongly money is not everything so it was 7,000. As of 2008, that wasn’t money…but I said no problem, I am convinced so I can do it so we did it. My ‘Most High God’ hit…so that song, run for a whole one year for the 7,000; just imagine.”

“Then I said when you win, you will give be a 4x4 car and they said very well. The when they won, when you call Koku, he won’t pick the call. They gave me and Lucky Mensah a chit and I had to drive Lucky Mensah to the port and my goodness, it was bad. We sat there for hours on end, there was no car so we left,” he added.

Pastor Akpadi also recounted how he suffered since he composed the song for the then opposition NDC.

“I had to go through a lot for this; I had to leave my school to the Eastern Region because of this song I did because it became political and it was like I was being branded and he asked Samuel Ofosu Ampofo to get me a school so he got me Aburi Girls but I was in Koforidua and I was going to and fro.”

He mentioned that the daily commute between Koforidua and Aburi means that his car must be given to him to make his journey less stressful.

Pastor Akpadi insisted that he deserves compensation “and I am using your medium to petition the President that the car he asked to be given to me has not been given to me and I have had enough.”

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