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General News of Monday, 24 October 2016


EOCO probe a ‘joke’ - Franklin Cudjoe

It is a “joke” on the part of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to have instituted investigations into the source of funding of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Mr Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Ghana, has said.

According to him, the flag bearer of the PPP, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is the only presidential hopeful who has declared his assets and even publicly declared his health status, a situation which makes EOCO’s investigations a “joke”.

EOCO on Monday October 24 started investigating the sources of funding of the PPP and the All People’s Congress (APC).

The EOCO wants Mr Hassan Ayariga of the APC and Dr Nduom to confirm, in writing, the sources of their funding.

They have up to Wednesday, October 26, 2016 to respond to the request.

The EOCO letter was dated October 21, 2016 and signed by its Executive Director, Mr Justice A. Tsar.

The letter was triggered by public announcements by Mr Ayariga to the effect that he had expended $6 million on his campaign.

Dr Nduom, on the other hand, is being asked to explain the source of the GHS1.7m that he paid for himself and the parliamentary candidates of the PPP.

In a Facebook post on Monday October 24, Mr Cudjoe said: “So where is this odious invitation from the Economic and Organised Crimes Office to the PPP and APC coming from? To declare where their sources of funds for campaigning are coming from? The last time I checked, the PPP's flag bearer is the only competent businessman with a trail of transparent businesses in this race to the presidency!! And I also know the PPP candidate is the only one who has declared his assets and even publicly told us his health status. Why am I not surprised? If the Electoral Commission had ensured that all parties publish their audited financial accounts, why would we need the passive aggressive behaviour from the EOCO? Jokes!”