General News of Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Outspoken Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has revealed that the current Managing Director of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), Alfred Obeng Boateng, virtually bought his position from the Akufo-Addo government by contributing immensely to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2016 campaign with whopping GH¢ 700,000.
He mentioned the names of the NPP National Youth Organiser, Sammy Awuku and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, as those aware of Alfred Obeng Boateng’s payments to the Akufo-Addo Campaign.
Kennedy Agyapong’s comment, comes on the heels of calls by some figures, demanding the immediate termination of the appointment of Mr. Obeng Boateng, following his alleged involvement in the controversial contaminated oil deal.
Kennedy Agyapong, had in the past suggested that, Alfred Obeng Boateng, must remain at post to recoup his investment in the Akufo-Addo 2016 campaign war chest.
His latest claim, confirms reports within the governing party that, Alfred Obeng Boateng , based on his financial contributions, as well as the printing jobs he did for the NPP, was going to be made Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board, but for the protests by some bigwigs of the NPP that the COCOBOD was too technical for him.
It also confirms claims in the governing party as to why President Akufo-Addo, cannot stamp his authority and have the BOST contaminated fuel matter properly investigated and the culprits dealt with to save the sinking image of the government.
BOST, came under the spotlight when it was revealed that, it had sold 5 million litres of contaminated products to unlicensed companies in a deal that several observers claim cost the nation millions of cedis.
Some have alleged that, Mr. Obeng Boateng colluded, connived and supervised the sale, hence, the call to axe him.
But Mr. Agyapong on Adom TV’s ‘Badwam’, Tuesday mounted defense insisting the boss of BOST never had a hand in the deal.
Launching an attack on the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the legislator mentioned that, members who are calling for the head of the managing director are uninformed about his contribution to the success of the party, stating that he was one of the people who funded the party’s 2016 election campaign.
“I didn’t know Alfred Obeng until Sammy Awuku introduced him to me that he wants to help. He promised to give one million but I asked him to keep the money because from April to December, I can handle Central and Western regions. NDC has a strategy which is pumping money at the last minute stage so that will be the time I will need money. Frankly speaking, I encountered a challenge after bringing the pickups so I called him. Quickly, he gave me GHC 200,000. Then I went for a loan from Glico Insurance to enable me go for the cars,” he narrated.
“He added GHC 500,000 in October. As soon as I received the money, I called Ken Ofori-Atta who was in charge of the mobilization of funds to inform him. People funded NDC so why is Alhaji Bature saying Alfred Obeng has bribed me? Today, he is the boss at BOST and people are complaining. The problem NPP has is they always allow NDC to set agenda for them. They are criticizing the guy without knowing his contribution,” he noted.
Kennedy Agyapong has for some time now, been critical of the activities of his party as he postulates that the NPP is not in control of affairs.
He has vowed to bring down the party, following alleged threats by some members on his business.