Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has waded into discussions regarding the loan request by Former Chief Executive Officer of Data Bank, Ken Ofori-Atta to help the NPP.
Speaking in an interview with host Nana Yaw Kesse on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo", Sir John debunked claims that the loan was solicited to buy out the New Patriotic Party headquarters.
According to him, Mr. Ofori-Atta plays an integral role in the fortunes of the NPP and so, requested the loan on his own terms to assist the party.
Sir John therefore held strongly that the statements made by some pro-NDC newspapers that the party's headquarters is to be sold out as collateral for the loan facility is nothing but fabrications and lies.
“We have not used the party headquarters as collateral to solicit loan for somebody to come and say we want to sell party headquarters. Firstly, it is a lie and mischief that we are going to sell party headquarters because General Secretary and Chairman claim they won’t pay the money, that’s why Akufo Addo says they should go away... it is not true.”
In his concluding remarks, Sir John lauded Ken Ofori-Atta for selflessly helping the New Patriotic Party and urged him not to be discouraged.
"If anybody tells you that Ken Ofori-Atta has gone for a loan to buy party headquarters, there’s no truth in it…They should stop making such claims…They should stop disgracing Akufo-Addo as well as Ken Ofori Atta and everybody. Ken Ofori-Atta, continue to do your good works.”
“I will pray that Ken, you shouldn’t be discouraged by this. Continue to help us. A lot of us are not credit worthy. We won’t be given loans even if we go for it. As for you Ken, you can go for a loan and obtain it. We plead with you to cradle us.”
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