NPP Coffers Empty?

SOURCES at the headquarters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have revealed that the new executives led by Mr. Paul Afoko, are facing a dilemma on how to raise money to settle a debt of over GH¢2 million left by the immediate past executives.

According to our sources, the coffers of the party are dry and the new executives are in a fix over this state of affairs.

The General Telegraph has gathered that, following the assumption of office of the new executives, individuals the party owes are trooping in to demand their money.

According to insiders, after the new executives critically examined the books, they dismissed the former finance administrator of the party, Mr. Kwadwo Opare Hammond, and replaced him with Mr. Edward Tetteh.

“We have to sack Opare Hammond so that we can bring some form of sanity into the system. It is unfortunate that he has been shouting that we have unconstitutionally removed him from office. We really do not want to go into the matter. What we want now is to do our best, bring everybody on board for us to win the next elections,” a highly placed party officer told ­

Mr. Parry Okudzeto, the Acting Director of Communications, dismissed the allegations. According to him, the party has structures and that whatever money realized for a particular project is duly accounted for. He added that any suggestion to the effect that monies were missing or even of cars vanishing would amount to a smear campaign.

“There is no truth in all the allegations. Whenever we are going to organize a programme and we need money, a fund-raising committee is formed and funds are raised, just as when we were going to Tamale to elect the executives, we met and a committee was formed to raise funds,” he explained.