A group calling itself Concerned New Patriotic Party (NPP) Youth, Northern Region, has rejected the dismissal of the Managing Director of Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Company (BOST), Mr Alfred Obeng Boateng, stating that they suspect foul play within the party ranks.
Maintaining that the former BOST MD saying he did nothing wrong, the group said the committees constituted to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against Mr Obeng Boateng found no evidence against him therefore his dismissal was unwarranted.
Mr Mohammed Abubakar, Convener of Concerned NPP Youth, Northern Region, who addressed a press conference in Tamale, said “It is our strongest contention that the recent unwarranted dismissal of Mr Obeng Boateng is ostensibly to undermine the authority and office of the Vice President.”
Mr Abubakar said Mr Obeng Boateng was appointed to the position on the recommendation of the Vice President, adding “We can only and should be forgiven to come to the irresistible conclusions that this unfortunate dismissal of Mr Obeng Boateng was designed to undermine the Vice President and his office for reasons we do not know.”
He said “We are constantly reminded by our political adversaries of how the late former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama was effectively sidelined in the last Kufuor Administration because he was a Northerner. We don’t want that kind of fate to befall Dr Bawumia as this will severely affect the electoral fortunes of our Party.”
He said “As members and communicators of our great Party, we are having hard times defending this decision and interpretation people are undesirably giving to it”.
Mr Abubakar, therefore, appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo “to reinstate Mr Obeng Boateng to restore confidence to the vast majority of our Party members in this Region and across the country who are profoundly inspired by our able brother, Dr Bawumia”.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, last Wednesday, relieved Mr Obeng Boateng of his post in what government said formed part of a restructuring of state institutions.
Mr Obeng Boateng, since assuming office last year, had been in the news for various alleged wrongdoings in the sale of contaminated fuel amongst other allegations where committees constituted to probe such allegations exonerated him.
However, some civil society organizations believed Mr Obeng Boateng could not be exonerated of the allegations.