A member of a Committee charged with investigating claims of misappropriation and diversion of New Patriotic Party (NPP) funds has described as baseless, a separate report submitted by a former General Secretary of the party and member of the Committee, Nana Ohene Ntow.
The five-member committee was set up by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP to look into claims that some members of the party were operating a secret bank account in the name of the party concluded there was no truth in the allegations.
The committee, which was inaugurated on August 25, 2015 comprised Nana Ohene Ntow as Chairman, Joe Osei Wusu, Anthony Akoto Osei, Kwaku Agyeman Manu and Prof. Gyan Baffour as members.
A communique issued and signed by Communications Director of the party, Nana Akomea said the report of the committee clarified that “the account in question at the Ecobank Trust Towers account was not a secret account but a party account, albeit dormant”.
But the chairman of the committee, Nana Ohene Ntow disagrees, and prepared what he described as a minority report.
His report recommended among others that the 1st Vice Chairman, (now acting chairman), Freddie Blay and National Treasurer, Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the party for gross misconduct.
A former National Chairman, Mr. Peter Mac Manu, the Minority report also stated must be ordered by the NEC of the party to explain in writing, the circumstances under which he opened or caused to be opened a party account at the Trust Towers Branch of the Ecobank.
The flagbearer, Ohene Ntow stated, is also not cleared of ‘some £100,000 illegal payment.’
The claims of Ohene Ntow have however been dismissed by Kwaku Agyemang Manu, who explained on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ on Monday that they lack basis and is just an attempt at causing disaffection for certain persons in the party.
According to him, the former spokesperson for the Alan Kyeremanten campaign team was made chairman of the committee under ‘fraudulent’ means by the suspended chairman, Paul Afoko insisting that he (AGyemang Manu) was supposed to chair the committee.
“However for the sake of peace, we did not complain and set off to work,” he said adding that the suspended chairman, Paul Afoko ‘wrote the terms of the committee unilaterally’.
On the report of the committee, the Dormaa Central MP said all the members of the committee including Nana Ohene Ntow agreed to the report submitted by the Secretary of the committee, Joe Osei-Owusu.
“Ohene Ntow further recommended that we accept certain recommendations which we told him were not part of our terms of reference…so he decided to write a minority report and we agreed to allow him but he was told to bring the report so that we attach it to the main report as a dissenting view…,” Agyemang Manu said.
After agreeing to the proposal, Agyemang Manu said Ohene Ntow gave one flimsy excuse after the other for more than a month to justify why he has been unable to submit his minority report.
“When our duration passed for us to conclude our work and with pressure mounting on us to present our report to NEC, we decided to submit it without that of Ohene Ntow’s Minority report.”
After submitting the committee’s report, Ohene Ntow later told them he has presented his report which Agyeman Manu said were referring to ‘things which were not part of our terms of reference.’
And these things, he said, included calling for the punishment of former chairman, Peter Mac Manu who never appeared before the five member committee.
He thus called on Ghanaians to reject the ‘so-called Minority report’ arguing that like the Supreme Court, it is the Majority report that matters and not the dissenting view.