- The minority is calling for Freddie Blay's investigation after buying 275 buses ahead of the NPP national delegates congress
- Being the board chair of the GNPC, the NDC believes Freddie Blay embezzled funds to win the national congress
- Freddie Blay won the national chairman slot with 3021 out of the total votes cast of 5563
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is making a case for the newly-elected national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay to be investigated.
The NDC suspects the 'opulent' spending by Freddie Blay is highly problematic, hence, needs to be investigated.
In the lead up to the national delegates congress of the NPP, YEN.com.gh reported on how wads of cash with the image of Freddie Blay embossed on them were distributed to party executives.
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This act, reports say, was meant to buy votes and also influence voter-turnout at the event.
Freddie Blay is the board chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and with the massive distribution of buses across all constituencies in the country, the minority suspects he may be embezzling funds from the GNPC.
“For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of $3 million in an $ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage,” parts of the statement read.
Freddy Blay managed to get 3021 of the total votes cast of 5563 in the just-ended national delegates congress. His fierce contender, Stephen Ntim, followed with 2515 votes.
This is the first time in the history and tradition of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that an 'outsider' with roots to a different political party has been elected as national chairman.
Freddie Blay started his political career as a staunch member of the Convention People's Party (CPP).
He had issues with party members of the CPP when he was heard contesting for president Akufo-Addo who was then a presidential candidate in the 2008 elections. After resigning from the CPP, he joined the NPP where he was first nominated the acting national chairman of the party and now elected officially.
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Source: Yen Ghana