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Politics of Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Source: Myjoyonline.com

NDC had no 200 cars for journalists - Ade Coker

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ade Coker has rebutted the leaked Kwesi Botchwey report’s claim that the party had 200 cars for distribution to journalists.

A copy of the Professor Botchwey Committee report intercepted by Joy News revealed that only 4 of the 34 members of Presidential Press Corps benefitted from over 200 cars meant for the journalists.

Three members from Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and one member from Radio Gold were the only beneficiaries, Daily Guide reported.

In a discussion on the AM Show on Joy News TV Wednesday, Mr. Ade Coker vociferously denied the publication by Daily Guide that the NDC party had any cars meant to be distributed to journalists.

“Which cars did we buy,” he asked in reply to Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso-West Wuogon.

“Even a member of the committee, Samson Ahi yesterday debunked the claim of any 200 cars to be distributed to journalists being included in the report. And I am not part of the committee, he is part of the committee and he is saying this”, Mr. Coker said

“And the Presidential Press Corps is only made up of 34 members, according to the story so even if the claim were to be true, why would we buy 200 cars and not 34”, he added.

To emphasize his point Mr. Ade Coker stressed that, “I am a party man and I am telling you what I know and that is, the party had no 200 cars for journalists.”

When asked about the Mahindra cars, Mr. Coker replied that those were meant for the constituencies. “Every constituency had one Mahindra,” he stated.

Earlier this week, the media intercepted leaked documents from the report of Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee which was set up to investigate why the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lost abysmally to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections held on December 7.

The leaked documents purported that, part of the reasons for the heavy loss was the non-distribution of the cars meant for journalists of the Presidential Press Corps, a claim Ade Coker has denied.