-The NDC says it will not free jailed former GYEEDA boss, Abuga Pele, if it wins power in 2020
-The party believes that though the fate of Mr Pele may be unfortunate, it would not subject the interest of the state to partisan interest
-This statement follows a comment by NDC MP, Nii Lante Vanderpuye which suggests the party will free Mr Pele if wins power in 2020.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has distanced itself from a statement by MP for Odododiodio, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, that the party will release the former legislator for Chiana Paga, Abuga Pele, from prison if it wins the 2020 elections.
Following the jailing of Mr Pele over the GYEEDA scandal, Mr Vanderpuye stated that the convict will be released if the party comes back to power.
"It is unfortunate but I can only say that this will not dampen the spirit of the NDC. Between 2001 and 2004, they sentenced Tsatsu Tsikata, Dan Abodakpi, Ibrahim Adam and Kwame Perprah.
"It did not stop us from winning elections in 2008. We are going to win the elections and bring Abuga Pele out,” the Odododiodio MP said on the sidelines of the NDC's Unity Walk in Somanya on Saturday.
But according to the party the "above-cited statement do not reflect in any remotest sense the position of the party regarding the fight against corruption in the country on the matter involving the conviction of Honourable Abuga Pele in particular."
In a statement signed by the party's secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC pointed out that it would not initiate the prosecution and turn around to pardon any individual who has been convicted as a result.
"We wish to remind Ghanaians that the investigation and prosecution of Honourable Abuga Pele was initiated by the NDC as part of our strategy to rid the country of corruption, and this strategy involves measures to prevent corruption and how to deal with corruption when it has already occurred. They include exposure, investigation, prosecution and punishment of corruption.
It will, therefore, be absurd that after a successful conviction has been achieved in this particular case, the initiator will turn around to free any person who has been convicted as a result", the statement said.
The party added that although it sympathises with the family and friends of the former MP in such matters, the interest of the state cannot be subjected to an individual or partisan interest.
"We can understand the emotional trauma the family, friends and sympathizers of our former MP are going through at this critical moment. However, it is the belief of the leadership of NDC that in matters like this, the interest of the state cannot be subjected to individual or partisan interest."
The party also "urged the current Nana Akufo-Addo led-government to emulate the example of the Mahama administration and, “muster enough courage to bring members of his government who have been accused of corrupt practices to justice instead of praising them and misleading Ghanaians that all his ministers and appointees are clean.”
The party's statement follows serious criticism of Mr Vanderpuye's statement by their founder, Former President J.J. Rawlings.
According to Mr. Rawlings, such ideas and actions will only ensure the NDC remains in opposition for a “long, long time.”
“If the quest for political power is to release wrongdoers from prison, then the NDC is laying its own foundation to remain in opposition for a long long time,” he stated via his official Twitter account.
The party seem to have listened to the criticisms of their founder over the repercussions of Mr Vanderpuye.
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