The controversy surrounding the distribution of some buses to New Patriotic Party (NPP) constituencies, may not end anytime soon as the process has been hit with another suit.
A businesswoman, Rose Hattoh, who is part owner of the company set up to oversee the operation of the buses, has sued her business partner alleging a new director has been wrongfully appointed.
NPP National Chairman, Freddy Blay, promised to gift the party’s constituency branches the buses prior to his election.
One hundred of the 275 buses arrived at the Tema port in July 2018 but have still not been delivered to the constituencies following controversies.
In July 2019, Kelliot Royal Motors dragged the matter to court as it claimed that Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) had refused to release the vehicles to them.
According to the writ, the terms of agreement demanded that Kelliot Royal Motors will apply the loan facility to purchase the 100 Toyota HiAce vehicles for onward sale to the New Patriotic Party as part importation for a total contract sum of $11,412,500 for 275 buses.
“The timing and the person involved does not create a level playing field,” he said, adding, “it is not good enough for our democracy.”
While she believes Freddie Blay is “not a man of straw” she was quick to add that “procuring these buses at the last hour raises a lot questions.
“Any kind of procurement around this time erodes the competitiveness,” he said.
She was worried that political parties form governments and if such practices are encouraged at the party level it will trickle down into national elections.
By purchasing these vehicles at the time he did, Linda Ofori Kwafo said Freddy Blay is monetizing democracy which now becomes “moneycracy.”
But the party appears to be playing down the impact of the scandal.
Evans Nimako said the purchases will not in any way influence the decision of the voters.
He said persons ready to vote on Saturday are “foundation members” who will not be swayed by the decision to purchase 275 buses.