NDC has no credible policy alternative to sell their flagbearer – Pius Hadzide

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Tue, 9 Jun 2020 Source: peacefmonline.com

Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide has disclosed that the National Democratic Congress has no credible policy alternative to sell their presidential candidate.

He said that is why they have decided to revisit old unthriving issues.

According to him, the NPP government led by President Akufo-Addo has made it abundantly clear that they are resolute in the fight against corruption.

Speaking in an interview with Peace FM News to address some of the issues raised by the NDC at their press conference today, the Deputy Info Minister explained that the NDC who is seeking equity should have come with clean hands by asking their flagbearer to respectfully explain to Ghanaians his involvement in the airbus scandal.

"Ghanaians really need to know who government official 1 is in the airbus scandal which occurred during his tenure as President," Pious Hadzide said.

Denying allegations leveled against the NPP government by the NDC on issues of corruption, he explained that they are untrue as the NDC is trying to fix an old wine into a new bottle.

To him, the BOST issues have already been dealt with and cleared by the Nana Addo led government who is very committed to fighting corruption.

“So for me I don’t really know what the NDC is trying to tell Ghanaians, if they have anything new, they should find a better message to sell their candidate,” he added.

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says President Nana Akufo-Addo is the biggest enabler and promoter of corruption in his government.

Speaking at the launch of its Corruption Tracker Series at the NDC’s second Weekly Press Briefing in Accra on Monday, the party’s National Communications Officer, Mr. Sammy Gyamfi, said despite promising to protect the public purse, President Akufo-Addo “is indeed the leader and chief patron of this notoriously corrupt administration”.

Mr. Gyamfi recalled that on the 18th of January 2017, five million liters of fuel was contaminated at the premises of the state-owned Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) by the mixture of diesel and petrol, and sold to two unlicensed companies, Movenpina and Zup Oil, at the time, under questionable circumstances.

He said “at all times material to this transaction, Movenpina Energy and Zup Oil had not been licensed by the National Petroleum Authority to trade in petroleum products in the downstream petroleum sector of Ghana. The sale of the contaminated fuel to these unlicensed companies, therefore, breached sections 11 and 32 of the NPA Act (ACT 691) of 2005, hence unlawful”.

Mr. Gyamfi added that the transaction was in breach of sections 16 (2) (c), 40 (1), 35, 83, and 84 of the Public Procurement Act (Act 663) of 2003 as it did not go through any tender process.

He said in spite of these facts, President Akufo-Addo mounted a robust defense for the then Managing Director of BOST, insisting that allegations of corruption against the MD were baseless.

Source: peacefmonline.com
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