Credible Information coming from the headquarters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says, the ex-National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, led by Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey left behind a debt of US$2 Million.
The party, which was able to marshal all manner of resources by importing paragliding pilots from Amsterdam, Netherland, to distribute paraphernalia of the party, during the 2004 and 2008 general elections, is broke and could not raise enough money to pay the administrative staff at the Asylum Down Headquarters of the party.
Meanwhile, reports are that a thorough audit, has been done into the accounts of the party and the new executives, have been issued with a very disturbing audit report, and are in the custody of some members of the party.
According to party insiders, the issues of the coffers of the party being empty and its indebtedness, dominated the handing over meeting that took place at the Africa Regent Hotel also known as hotel “Waa Waa” or “Kufuor Hotel,” near the private residence of ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor in the plush Airport West Residential Area, Accra.
The meeting, which started on Thursday May 1, 2014, was carried over into Friday May 2, with the new executives, led by Chairman Paul Afoko worried about the deplorable state of the party, especially its finances going into the 2016 general elections.
The new executives were particularly amazed at how the party’s coffer’s was manned by the ex-National Treasurer, Madam Esther Ofori, a former Managing Director of the ailing Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited.
The Herald learnt that what got the new executives blushing, was the gross misappropriation of the monthly dues from the over a 120 sitting Minority Members of Parliament (MP) led by Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu.
Another interesting issue that sent tongues wagging and raised the temperature of the handing over ceremony, was the issue that the party has no single logistic at its disposal especially, vehicles, the Herald learnt.
Even though it was on record that the parties bought thirty seven (37) new country vehicles, the papers to the vehicles are in the name of a withholding company, owned by Ken Ofori-Atta and a certain Oppong Bio and the Databank Company Limited.
It is unclear, whether it was the same personalities and company, are the ones that Nana Akufo-Addo mentioned as those keeping the party’s cars.