The leader and disqualified candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Lartey has taken a swipe at the Rawlings over what he describes as infestation of corruption within the family.
The candidate has described the Rawlings specifically, the former President Jerry John Rawlings, the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and their daughter and parliamentary candidate of the Korle Klottey constituency on the ticket of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Zanetor Rawlings as ''three musketeers of corruption.’’
According to the agronomist, the candidate Dr. Zanetor Rawlings bribed his parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Joshua Rockson to withdraw from contesting.
Joshua Rockson last week announced his withdrawal from contesting on the ticket of the party to support Dr. Zanetor Rawlings.
Mr Rockson who complained of lack of support from his party said his decision was due to the “numerous development projects” undertaken so far by the daughter of former president Jerry John Rawlings.
Mr Rockson has since written to the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) to officially withdraw from the contest.
However, the leader and founder of the GCPP, Dr. Lartey has given a different account to the story and reasons why his candidate withdrew his nomination.
According to him, Joshua Rockson had called him to complain of attempts by the NDC’s candidate to bribe him to resign and support her candidature and was surprised that he [Joshua Rockson], told the media he resigned because he was getting the needed funds for his campaign.
Dr. Lartey revealed that his filing fee was paid by the party hence it will be unfortunate for him to go round claiming that he received not support his campaign.
He indicated that as a parliamentary candidate his bills to campaign cannot be entirely sponsored by the party.
The candidate he noted, has jeopardized his political career by allegedly taking bribe from Dr. Zanetor Rawlings to resign.
He went to state that the alleged bribing of his candidate by Dr. Zanetor Rawlings affirms the corrupt nature of the Rawlings which he added is deep rooted in their family.
''Rawlings has taught her daughter to be corrupt…After confessing that he took 2 $ million from the late Abacha and also the looting of 30 million pound sterling as written by Greg Murray in his the Orange Man of Togo and the Conflicts I’ve known is a clear indication that the corruption is infested in the family.’’
Dr. Henry Lartey said, he will not rest until he sees that justice is done and the former president JJ Rawlings is brought to book over his confession over the Abacha cash.
He also reiterated his resolve to petition the United Kingdom’s (UKs) crime office over his [Rawlings] alleged corrupt actions during his era.