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General News of Saturday, 11 May 2013

Source: XYZ

Clerics fed me when EOCO froze my accounts - Woyome

Businessman Mr. Alfred Woyome has revealed that he was fed and given money by religious clerics and philanthropists within the two main political parties, during the period that all his bank accounts were frozen by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).

Mr. Woyome, who is battling the State over a Gh¢51.2 million judgment debt paid him by the same State, told journalists at a press conference on Friday, May 10, 2013 that the generosity of his benefactors cushioned him from trying times.

He said: “I thank God and I thank the Christians”, noting that: “A lot of churches have come to my aid”.

An obviously angry Mr. Woyome said: “They froze everything of mine”.

He pointed out: “By law, I did apply for some of my own money…I even went to the late former president that I needed money to pay fees for my children… but they refused”.

“But you know what a lot of the Christian institutions brought me money. Pastors have even taken their salaries [and] contributed [to my upkeep].

“A lot of churches I cannot mention a lot of people within the NDC and NPP brought me food here…on a daily basis, you found people bringing everything from the North to the South and a lot of Mosques from Tamale to Kumasi; some brought me cow, everything…I was so happy, and I saw that…I had touched the lives of so many people”.

“They have helped me, my family, by the will of God, to face this kind of unprecedented onslaught from two political parties joined together against one man,” Mr. Woyome appreciated.

The news conference was necessitated by Friday’s Daily Graphic report which said the Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld the decision of the Commercial Court to allow the State to introduce evidence of fraud in the payment of GH¢51.2 million to Mr. Woyome.

Mr. Woyome accused a section of the media of colluding with elements within the governing National Democratic Congress, NDC, and the main opposition New Patriotic Party, NPP, to shred his reputation into pieces and stifle his prosperity.

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