Ken Ofori-Atta Hot- Over Leaked NPP Manifesto
Ken Ofori-Atta, the campaign fund manager and a cousin to the Nana Akufo Addo, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is being rumoured within party circles to be the one responsible for leaking the NPP manifesto to the All Peoples’ Congress (APC).
The APC which was founded by Hassan Ayariga has claimed its manifesto was plagiarized by the NPP, but fact that eventually emerged indicated that the APC actually got access to excepts of the NPP’s manifesto, hence its rush to launch its manifesto before the NPP did.
It is believed among party circles that the leakage came from Ken Ofori-Atta end. It is however unclear if it was done deliberately or inadvertently. But whatever the mode, some cross-section of the party are enraged by the revelation and have begun calling for the head of Ken Ofori-Atta.
Observers believe that Ken Ofori-Atta’s last week stunt of mounting frontline campaigning for the NPP, together with his wife Angela Ofori-Atta was a gimmick to calm angry nerves within his party.
Ken Ofori Atta and his wife were spotted last week campaigning on the streets of Accra for the NPP’s “Adopt A Polling Station” strategy. Mr. Ofori Atta is not known as one enthused about frontline campaigning; he is known more for his backroom strategizing.
His move to hit the streets has however, sparked speculations that he is only trying to calm nerves in the party, particularly that of his cousin-the flagbearer who is said to have been briefed about the situation with the NPP manifesto.
Ken Ofori-Atta is a controversial figure within the main opposition party, and has been caught in the centre of several serious scandals.
One of the prominent scandals is the multi-million Prudential Bank scandal where he and his partner Keli Gadzekpo stand accused of secretly using NPP official letterhead to withdraw GHC 1.5 million from Prudential Bank.
It is believed that they undertook the venture after the Akufo Addo 2012 campaign run out of cash. Without the knowledge of the former National Chairman and General Secretary: Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John) respectively, Ken Ofori-Atta and Keli Gadzekpo, used the letterhead of the NPP to apply for GHC1.5 million overdraft facility from the Prudential Bank.The money had accrued interest and was standing at approximately GHC 2milliom.
Shortly after the new Chairman and General Secretary (Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong ) assumed office, Prudential Bank wrote to the NPP on January 5, 2015, requesting repayment of their money and threatening legal action.
This paper learnt that the two new top executives denied knowledge of such an arrangement and refused to budge to Prudential Bank’s pressure.
On April, 21, 2015, the bank wrote another letter referenced PBL/CAM/NPP/0415 and addressed to Ken Ofori-Atta and Keli Gadzekpo, designated at the Chairman and Director of NPP’s election 2012 campaign respectively.
The letter stated in part, “ The overdrawn balance on the Party’s Election 2012 Fundraising account as at 20th April 20165 stood at GHC 2,290, 631.36…we requested you to arrange and pay off the overdraft facility of GHC 1.5 million granted the New Patriotic Party…”
This letter is said to have come as a surprise to the embattled NPP Chairman and General Secretary who have ignored the repayment request since January 2015. This situation is said to have pitted the two against Akufo Addo who had been accused by a cross-section of the NPP for enthrusting party resources to his close family and friends.
It is unclear the current status of the indebtedness to the angry bank, but the bank made it clear that it wanted its money repaid as soon as possible.
“We are therefore by this letter requesting you, as guarantors of the facility, to ensure that the overdrawn balance of GHC 2,290, 631.36 together with interest hereon is paid off immediately but in any case, not later than 30th April 2015,” the letter signed by one H.T Ayernor the Director of Credit for Prudential Bank and Osei Yaw Osafo, the Chief Legal Officer of the bank, stated.
The bank further warned: “Please take note that if you fail to comply with the above directive, the Bank will have no other option than to initiate legal action against the party and the guarantors of the facility to recover the entire debt together with interest without further notice to you.”