275 buses: Freddie Blay fired!

A gesture by Freddie Blay intended to boost the economic fortunes of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, turns sour as many have criticized his action.

Frederick Oduro, a government expert, has joined the bandwagon to condemn the tactics of the acting National Chairman of the NPP ahead of Saturday’s congress.

In his estimation, the decision by Freddie Blay to give 275 buses to constituencies to woo electorates to vote him as substantive chairman for the party should not be countenanced in the country’s body politics.

“This issue should not be allowed, it should be taken to full haul so that we rid this out of our body politics,” Oduro averred on PM Express on the Joy News TV Thursday.
He stressed that, the gesture is needless because Freddie Blay “is not just the chairman of any political party but a ruling party [and for that reason] he is opening the party up for attacks by its political opponents”.

“Because the party is in power [and] people are going to question him about his source of funding and I think we should condemn that,” he told host Nana Ansah Kwao IV.

The national delegates’ congress is taking place in Koforidu in the Eastern Region.

Freddie Blay, a former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has come under attack for daring to procure 275 buses at a cost of $11 million for his party.

He has shipped in the 275 buses, of which, 100 were cleared from the Tema Port on Wednesday.

He is reported to have deposited an amount of $3 million as part payment, with the remaining amount to be paid from the proceeds from the commercial use of the buses.

But action his has courted anger from the opposition National Democratic Congress and some anti-graft institutions.

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