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General News of Tuesday, 25 October 2016


NDC behind PPP, APC cash probe invitations – PPP

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The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is accusing the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of manipulating state institutions such as the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to undermine the party’s efforts to take part in the December elections.

But according to the PPP’s Policy Advisor, Mr Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, who made leveled the accusation, the NDC’s efforts to frustrate the party would not succeed.

EOCO last Friday invited the presidential aspirants of the All People’s Congress (APC) and the PPP to confirm, in writing, the sources of their incomes.

The letter was triggered by public announcements by Mr Hassan Ayariga of the APC that he had spent $6 million on his campaign.

Dr Nduom, on the other hand, is being asked to explain the source of GH¢750,000 that he paid for himself and the party's parliamentary candidates.

Read also: EOCO invites Nduom, Ayariga over campaign funds

In an interview on Joy FM Monday, Mr Asamoah-Siaw described the invitation as “the joke of the century” and questioned the capacity of the EOCO to carry out such an investigation.

“We in the PPP think that it is the greatest joke of the century. EOCO according to the Auditor-General’s report couldn’t account for some GH¢89,000, how on earth can they have the capacity to investigate the source of 1.7 million?” he queried.

“All these calculated, orchestrated attempts to harass our efforts to get onto the ballot paper are sponsored by the ruling government”, he added.

According to Mr Asamoah-Siaw, “If there is a party that has something to hide then they shouldn’t come to our doorstep because we believe that some illicit sources are used and the use of incumbency. Now when Dr Nduom and the PPP have done their campaign in such a way that Ghanaians will vote for us and disturb, if you like, the votes that will go to the NDC and some other parties, they are deploying state institutions including the EOCO as a political tool, a political weapon to harass us”.

“NDC paid 2.8 million for President Mahama and the entire parliamentary candidate. We paid 1.7. If you are looking for a bigger amount to look into, why not the NDC but the PPP? Where did Greenstreet get his money from?” he quipped.

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