- First batch of 100 buses promised by NPP's Freddy Blay have arrived at the Tema port
- The decision to purchase buses for the party is to help raise funds for the running of the party at the constituency level
The first batch of 100 mini buses out of a total of 275, purchased by the New Patriotic Party’s acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay for commercial purposes have arrived in the country.
According to Graphic.com.gh report, the 100 buses are going through clearing processes at the Tema port.
The party has arranged with Intercity STC for the public transport company to use the buses and pay the party.
As part of an arrangement made by the leadership of the NPP, the proceeds are to be paid into the accounts of the party at all 275 constituencies.
Mr Freddie Blay is said to have paid $3million, representing the 30 per cent upfront payment required for the buses from his own resources.
The decision to purchase commercial buses for the political party to use as a cash cow for the running of its constituencies is one of the main campaign messages of Mr Blay who is asking party delegates to vote for him as their substantive chairman at Saturday's congress in Koforidua.
However, Mr Blay’s main contender, Stephen Ntim has described the move as an attempt to "buy votes" from delegates considering the timing for the delivery of the buses.
But the acting Chairman has rubbished the corruption claim, insisting that the plan for the buses is not a new thing. In all the 275 buses is costing the NPP $11,412,500.
Mr. Blay, according to reports is the sole “Guarantor” on behalf of constituency chairpersons of the NPP, who are Trustees of the transport facility.
Speaking to journalists at the Tema Port after taking delivery of the buses, spokesperson for Mr. Blay, Richard Nyamah, said the decision by the campaign team of the acting national chairman to acquire the buses was motivated by his quest to ensure that constituency offices generate revenue on their own.
Richard Nyamah briefing the press reiterated that the buses would be managed by STC, a decision which is essentially to ensure that the buses are managed professionally and to guarantee maximum.
The loan facility contracted to acquire the buses according to the spokesperson is expected to be paid back in full within the next two years.
The make of the vehicle is Toyota Hiace 2.5L Diesel High Roof with ABS, Manuel Transmission buses and a unit price is going for $41,500.
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