Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Okudzeto Ablakwa exposed

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is a Deputy Minister of Information in Ghana

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wedneday August 11, 2010
A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Michael Omari Wadie has called on Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a deputy Minister of Information to be humble enough and admit that he benefited from key NPP members when he was a student at the University of Ghana Legon.

Mr Omari Wadie, a former Chairman of the Ayawaso West Wugon Constituency who made the call claimed he personally led Mr. Ablakwa to solicit for funds from some NPP ministers and sympathizers when the deputy minister was vying to become the President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).

The former NPP chairman stormed the offices of Daily Guide in Accra yesterday to protest what he called “Mr. Ablakwa’s lies”.

According to him he heard the Minister interrupting a live radio discussion programme to say he had never benefited from Ex-President Kufuor and his NPP regime after a panelist, Samuel Awuku of the NPP made a comment to the effect that Mr. Ablakwa “cannot bite the finger that fed him”

He said “Mr. Ablakwa’s claim that he never benefited from the NPP cannot be true because I personally took him to various NPP members including high profile Ministers for him to solicit for funds for his NUGS campaign.”

He said “I was the chairman of the NPP in the constituency where University of Ghana is located and when Martin Agyei Mensah then TESCON president introduced him to me, I supported his efforts by making sure he got some funds.”

Mr. Wadie claimed that the Deputy Minister had said he was a close relative of Mrs. Agnes Okudzeto, a former NPP National Vice Chairperson adding “because he mentioned our Vice Chairperson’s name I was willing to help. I felt he was one of our own.”

The former NPP Chairman mentioned former Ministers like Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani, Francis Poku, Dan Botwe, O.B. Amoah, and the late Kwasi Ankamah, MP for Atiwa as some of the NPP stalwarts that supported Mr. Ablakwa financially to become NUGS President.

Other NPP members mentioned included Paul Afoko, Steven Amoah, Adu Gyamfi; one Amoakohene who he said printed Mr. Ablakwa’s posters and gave some money.

“He cannot come today to say he never benefited from the NPP for his political expediency. He fell out in our books when we got to know that he had collected money from Former President Rawlings. We felt he was playing double game.”

“He can never stand anywhere to deny that he never benefited from the NPP under President Kufuor.”

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