National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddie Blay has accused members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of amassing wealth while in office.
Blay was responding to the scandal surrounding the deceased New Patriotic Party General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie’s Last Will and Testament, also known as Sir John.
He noted that while a government investigation was required, it was important to recall that the former NPP writer was a lawyer prior to entering politics.
He implied that nameless NDC members had become affluent overnight as a result of their political careers.
The former Ellembelle MP continued, “If you want to talk about the NDC, there are people who have never worked in their lives who joined the party, and before you know it, they have various mansions, apartments, and several of them have never worked.”
“Fortuitously, [Sir John’s issue] has been brought to light; it is part of our ongoing effort to battle corruption; if he obtained them unlawfully, why not let the ax fall?” However, do not portray this as the NPP’s anti-corruption mantra,” he advised media in the Western Region over the weekend.
On the issue of how politicians acquire government lands, he argued, “When you want to talk about sharing government lands from Nkrumah’s days to now, there have been estates, bungalows, lands of which some people have taken in one way or another, we need to make a law against that, that you should never buy government lands if you go into government, and let’s do that now.
“Don’t make it appear as though all NPP members are thieves and have obtained land unlawfully because Sir John has acquired land.
“If I have a car, does that indicate I stole to buy it? If I have a building, or multiple buildings, does it mean I have been a thief as the Party’s chairman and as a member of the Board of GNPC?” he said.
The Will of Sir John dominates media coverage.
Since its contents were made public weeks ago, Sir John’s Last Will and Testament has dominated media conversations. The paper revealed that he had gifted some people land in the Achimota Forest enclave.
The disclosures were made less than a week after the government issued Executive Order 144, which declassified areas of the Forest Reserve.
Government officials announced they were releasing areas of the forest’s periphery to the Owoo family of Accra.
Sir John, a former chief executive officer of the Forestry Commission, died of Coronavirus two years ago.
His former assistant, Charles Owusu, laments that the deceased is even being dragged in death. According to him, the truth would be revealed once the Ministry concludes its probe.