Feature Article of Friday, 13 January 2012

Columnist: FRONT PAGE

Cocaine here, Cocaine there, Cocaine everywhere (Pt.1)


FRONT PAGE Newspaper

It’s now becoming clear that the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) allegation of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) being cocaine party and calling it Narcotic Peddlers Party (NPP) is rather the opposite.

Not a single month will pass without any member of the Prof. Mills-led administration getting involved in drug peddling or accused of financial malfeasance.

In this regard one was not surprised when the founder of the NDC and wife, Mr./Mrs. Rawlings said that this government is the worst in terms of corruption and would not know what campaign message they will carry to the electorate in this year’s electioneering campaign. The founder, former President Jeremiah John Rawlings said sometime last year that the NDC lost the 2012 election in the first year of ascending the throne of power.

To add more salt to injury, the former first lady, Mrs. Konadu Agyeman Rawlings recently predicted that the Prof. Mills-led government will lost the December 2012 general election because the NDC is corrupt and characterized with ineffectiveness.

Information available to the Front Page from New York City in the USA alleged that one of the NDC’s gurus, who is described as a drug agent was busted for carrying some whitish powder suspected be cocaine worth US$5 million. The information alleged that the NDC guru, Alhaji Sulemana Musah popular known as ‘Alhaji Dan’ is a Patron to the NDC Zongo caucus of Madina Abokobi Constituency and hails from Bawku in the Upper East Region.

According to a deep throat source, the arrested cocaine dealer who is in custody in a New York prison was arrested in December 2011.

The source further hinted that, Alhaji Sulemana who was usually seen in the company of some ministers of State, most often represent their business interests. A tall list of these NDC bigwigs, which is in possession of this paper (to be published later) who are allegedly behind Alhaji Dan’s “business” includes certain prominent personalities in the Prof. Mills-led administration who went all out to throw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians that the Kufuor-led NPP administration was full of drug dealers, in a bid to win the 2008 elections. When yours truly spoke to its sources in the National Democratic Congress (NDC), it was stated that, Alhaji Suleman Musah who is being held in custody is a notable financier of the NDC and has been kind to the party especially during the famous Sunyani Congress in July last year. It is noted that he donated some pick-up vehicles to the party ahead of the congress.

According to the allegation, the December trip was Alhaji Musa’s second in the year where luck eluded him in New York City.

Front Page’s investigations at the Narcotic Control Board (NCB) has it that there has been many arrests behind the curtains since the NDC assumed power but to avoid disgrace to the party and the government, the NCB is tight lipped about them.

It further revealed that, continuous media reportage on drug related arrests will undermine government’s image.

The Mills-Mahama administration is hiding this shameful act from Ghanaians because according to the NDC’s 2008 manifesto, the Professor, promised Ghanaians that “An Atta Mills government will not allow this country to be turned into a haven for the trade of narcotics”, but the drug trade is getting worse except that most drug related offences are not reported.

Front Page will bring you more as the story unfolds and the panic this cocaine saga has created at the Castle and an attempt to send delegation to negotiate.