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General News Mon, 26 Nov 2007

NDC accusations of NPP corruption political gimmick - Obed Asamoah

Ho, Nov. 26, GNA - The National Democratic Congress' (NDC) accusation of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of corruption, especially about the findings of the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor-General's report is "a political gimmick" Dr. Obed Asamoah, Founder of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has said.

In an address at the weekend at the inauguration of the Ho Polytechnic and School of Hygiene chapters of Tertiary Education Students Forum (TESFORD) of the DFP in Ho, he said the Public Accounts Committee never sat in public and reports of the Auditor Generals Department were not made public during the NDC regime for the public to know the level of corruption of that era.

Dr. Asamoah said corruption permeated the public services in successive governments but were ignored and said if voted into power the DFP would appoint an independent prosecutor to prosecute all corruption cases. He said the formation of the DFP was the result of the imperative necessity for a new thinking and a paradigm shift in the Ghanaian culture of politics.

Dr. Asamoah said DFP government would give full meaning to the concept of private enterprise, as it was the engine of growth and would subsidize agricultural inputs and create markets for the produce of farmers as a means of eradicating poverty since farmers constitute about 70 percent of the population.

He accused past governments of not protecting local industries against unfair competition.

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Dr. Asamoah said a DFP government would create a new region in the Volta region and establish a Technical University in the region.

He called on the TESFORD to educate the public about politics of lies, vilification, vendetta, violence and threats of violence.

Dr. Asamoah called on the people of the Volta region to assess their interest and "adopt a policy of the pursuit of their interests and not commit themselves to the permanent service of individuals no mater the circumstances".

"The NDC's hope of coming back to power is a mirage, as the DFP will form the next government or any party that will win the 2008 elections will do so on the back of our party," he said.

Mr. Manfred Nuku-Dei, Interim Volta Regional Secretary of the Party, said what most Ghanaians were looking for now was a viable alternative to the two political protagonists in the country and called on members and supporters of the party to work hard to win more people into their fold.

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Mr. Wisdom Deafeamekpor, Regional Youth Organiser, said a DFP-led government would create a platform for the youth to play a central role in all government decisions.

The 14-member executive of the Ho Poly Chapter has Mr. Solomon Sefakor Deku as President, Mr. Seyram Agbogah as secretary, Mr. Ernest Ekor, Organiser and Ms Saviour Afi Nartey as Treasurer.

The School of Hygiene Chapter has Mr. Samuel Sapatey as President, Mr. Cephas Zigah, Secretary, Mr. Peter Adamu, Organiser and Mr. Newlove Kpodo, Treasurer.

Source: GNA