A member of the Communications team of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Gabby Assumeng on Saturday accused the embattled MASLOC boss Bertha Sogah of nearly causing the defeat of the NDC in the 2012 elections.
He was speaking on Asempa Fm’s current affairs program Kukurantumi.
“If we had lost the December elections, it would have been the actions of this same Bertha Sogah who denied our hardworking party member from accessing loans to support their businesses. Her failure to give the loans to the members who were in need, created some disenchantment within the party at the district level”.
The MASLOC boss has been directed to proceed on leave to pave the way for investigations into allegations of conflict of interest made against her.
Mr. Assumeng said due to the actions of Mrs. Sogah many members of the NDC lost their businesses because of lack of funds.
“I know a woman who is a branch chairperson of the party who lost her business because Bertha Sogah failed to assist her with a loan. And there are several others who suffered at the hand of this same woman and we would see in the coming days. If we didn’t campaign, how would she have become a CEO? Now she is turning all of us away”.
According to Mr.Assumeng, the nefarious activities of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) which led to her being asked to proceed on leave, cannot be swept under the carpet.
Mrs. Sogah’s has stated her defense that ” the mere existence of a family relationship does not automatically constitute conflict of interest. If this were the case, it would be difficult for the head of any organization in Ghana to be involved in any decision making in the country”
But the NDC Communication team member has described her response as ” a bogus and a hollow argument”.
He said that there are some “greedy bustards” in the NDC and urged the leadership of the party to act quickly to salvage the party from imminent collapse from the grassroot.
“When former president Rawlings said there are greedy bustards in the party, I agreed with him when others did not but I can really see them actively in the party now. I urge the leadership to be careful because the party’s grassroots are angry and may affect the party in the future”.
Mr. Gabby Assumeng said that the objective of MASLOC is to help micro businesses with petty loans “so why did Mrs. Sogah dole out such a colossal amount of money to no any other person than the husband’s company”.
He further called on the President to launch a forensic audit into Mrs. Sogah’s tenure as MASLOC boss.
He warned other party gurus who are in government positions and are not helping party members to be careful because the party would only survive with the grassroots.
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