Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Koans Estate, Mr Kofi Anokye has suggested the decision by Freddie Blay, the newly elected chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to procure some 275 mini buses for the elephant family was a bad decision.
In his view, President Nana Akufo-Addo should have stopped Mr Blay from engaging in that venture because it was not a good decision.
To him, leadership is a difficult venture hence individuals who aspire to be leaders, should do so in honesty and be incorruptible.
The mini buses were a voting buying scheme and for me, this thing must not be tolerated anywhere because people are also alleging that, the president supported him.
‘’How can you [Freddie Blay] fight corruption? People are having the perception that, delegates were bribed. It may not be the case but why you do you engage in such venture? President Akufo-Addo should have advised him. Drop that nonsense of telling the people you are going to buy them buses. It is a wrong move. If I were in that position, I would have stopped that man. The opposition will take you on because you have endorsed a corruption man. When there is no issue at stake, you don’t change a winning team. But when there are issues, you don’t engage in these things.’’
Mr Blay has slammed individuals who have criticized his decision to purchase the buses for the party.
He described the call for a probe into his activities at the Ghana National; Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as foolish.
Responding to the controversy about the funding of the buses, the former Ellembelle Member of Parliament clarified that he didn’t single-handedly fund the buses.
“It’s not me sitting here buying it, I am doing it for the party as chairman with others…” Mr Blay said.
On the allegations of vote buying, Mr Blay furiously shot down the claims; saying “it is amazing that people will suggest that”.
“It’s very foolish for people to ask that,” he added.
But reacting to it, Mr Anokye said, ‘’I am not an angel neither am I Christ. I am bound to make mistakes. I may be foolish but this is my opinion. I don’t want to go further. They claim he is a lawyer and yet these are his words. People are thinking that, there is something fishy.’’