The Progressive People’s Party has described the decision of the acting National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddy Blay, to facilitate the purchase of some 275 buses for each constituency ahead of the party’s national executive elections on Saturday as unacceptable.
The NPP’s Stephen Ntim, who is contesting against Freddie Blay, said the gesture is disingenuous and constitutes vote-buying.
In a Citi News Interview, the General Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, said Mr. Blay’s action must be condemned.
“On the lower scale we can say it is disturbing, but the truth is that it is an obscene act of vote buying or political influence of vote, and I think that if we don’t stop this county would be sold to the highest bidder. It is completely unacceptable and it is these kinds of little things that he started doing that was not checked and now it is getting out of hand,” he said.
The Convention People’s Party has also expressed shock at Mr. Blay’s gesture saying he is setting a wrong example for other politicians.
Communications Director of the CPP, Kadri Abdul Rauf Issifu, also noted that Freddie Blay’s gesture would affect the quality of the persons voted into public office.
“The CPP has long held the view that if our democracy is going to be sold to the highest bidder, then what it means is that it will come a time very soon, where our democracy and rule of law would be sold to people who can mobilize resources whether ill-gotten resource or resources that are gotten from genuine means, and we don’t think we should encourage that,” he said.
Amid the allegations of vote buying, a spokesperson for Freddie Blay, Richard Nyamah, has said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was behind the acting Chairman’s decision to purchase a bus for each of the party’s 275 constituencies.
Mr. Nyamah said discussions were held with the NPP and that the party “agreed and okayed the deal.”