The Chairman of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey says the party�s hard-talking Assin Central Legislator, Kennedy Agyapong never bought any motorbikes for the NPP as he has been claiming on the airwaves.
�I have not received any motorbikes or anything from Kennedy Agyapong�, Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said on Monday.
According to him, �I have been national chairman for the past four years, and I have never had Kennedy Agyapong bring me anything, either for a personal thing or for the party�.
�The only money I know of is the monthly deductions that MPs make to help run the party.�
Mr Agyapong recently branded the party�s national executives as �thieves� and accused them of pilfering items he imported into the country to help Nana Akufo-Addo�s presidential campaign in the 2012 elections.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey however said his hands are clean.
�I have not stolen before. I have never been called a thief until recently, and I strongly resent being called a thief�.
He said: �For over 25 years I was spending monies on behalf of some of the major companies in this country - Unilever, Kumasi Brewery, Guinness etc; so many of the major companies trusted me to spend their money. In all those years, nobody ever accused me of misspending their money or taking it for myself. I came out of spending other people�s money with an unblemished reputation�.
The former Cabinet Minister said he found it befuddling that his own party member will tag him and other top party executives as thieves.
�I was appalled. I was saddened�, he bewailed.
Obetsebi-Lamptey was one of 17 flagbearer aspirants of the NPP who were branded �thieves� by the ruling NDC�s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia in the run up to the NPP�s 2007 presidential primary.
Making reference to that 2007 incident, Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey lamented in an interview with Accra-based Adom Fm that: ��For a party member to go out there and accuse his national chairman and national executives of being thieves, I felt very saddened. I have been regional chairman for three terms, and national chairman as well, and nobody has accused me of stealing funds�
Source: XYZ News
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