The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia of lying about the cost of a residence being constructed for vice presidents at Cantonments in Accra.
Bawumia has stated in Accra on Tuesday that erstwhile NDC government would cost $13.9 million and angrily questioned whether it was made of gold.
"Can you believe in Ghana we are building a house to house our vice president and this house is supposed to cost US$13.9million? I mean what sort of house is this supposed to be? I mean is the gate made of gold, the pavement of gold, the blocks of gold?” he said.
However, several NDC officials have condemned Bawumia for his remarks and have accused him of lying.
According to them only $5.9 million was budgeted for the house.
Clement Apaak, a top NDC member and the Member of Parliament for Builsa South, said former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur had briefed Bawumia on the rising cost of the building and had vowed not to spend more money on it.
Apaak, said given that information, it was wrong for Bawumia to state that $13.9million had been spent on the building.
"Let me emphasise that it was even the then Vice President who briefed the current Vice President on this issue, who made him aware of the fact that he [Amissah-Arthur] became alarmed about the overpayments, so much so that he queried the development and ordered that no more payment be made until the issue was resolved between the contractor and AESL. So, I think that the current Vice President needs to provide further and better particulars and those further and better particulars can be obtained from AESL," he said.