-Okudzeto Ablakwa says it is not a crime if he owns filling stations
-He said that being wealthy and affluent was a tag he felt proud of
-He however said that some rumors about him were borne out of political mischief
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The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Honourable Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that there is nothing wrong if people tag him as having lots of money. He said it was a privilege to be associated with wealth and affluence in our part of the world.
He was speaking in retaliation to rumors making rounds that he owned many filling stations and petrol tankers.
Speaking on Accra-based radio station Neat FM, the member of Parlaiment said he wished he was the one who owned the filling stations as reported by his critics.
He questioned why other politicians could own property but he had no right to do same. He also quashed claims that he amassed his wealth by embezzling state funds. He indicated that anyone who tagged him to be corrupt was only doing so as a result of political machinations from opponents.
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He told the show’s host, Kwesi Aboakye that it was his uncle, acertain Mr. Ablakwa who owned Allied Oil; one of the filling stations claimed to be owned by the legislator.
He said that people should disregard rumors that he owns filling stations.
He added that his uncle had been in the oil business for over 17 years and was the rightful owner of the filling stations. He said that his uncle was in the oil business when he (Okudzeto Ablakwa) was in kindergarten. He wondered why many Ghanaians will confuse the names when there were so many Okudzeto’s in Ghana.
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He added that his grandfather had 68 children so it would be wrong to tag him of the owner of some businesses just because there is a resemblance in the name of the business owners with his.
He challenged the current NPP administration to investigate him if they felt that he had been engaged in anything fraudulent during the NDC administration.
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