The Western Regional New patriotic Party (NPP) Communications Director, Okatakyie Amankwah Afrifa, on Wednesday refuted allegations that a faction of the regional executives broke into the office of the Regional Secretary in a bid to “eject him” from office.
“We have not broken into any office, in fact we run an open administration and no office is officially allocated to any executive just that all the keys to the office are with our Secretary, Mr Charles Onuaowonto Bissue, who is out of town thereby making the running of the office difficult”, he added.
The Communication Director together with other executives of the Party at a press conference explained that the action of opening the offices was taken to rather enhance party activities as it geared up for Regional elections come April adding, “We want to have smooth transitional period…we only opened the office to enable work to go on”.
Although the office had been shut for close to seven months, the executive members according to Mr Afrifa reached a decision at their last meeting when nine out of the 15 executives agreed that the office was opened for business of the party especially in an election period.
Touching on receiving and allocation of vehicles, Mr Anthony Nketsiah, Special Assistant to the Regional Chairman, explained that the Regional Secretary, Mr Bissue, took delivery of two vehicles from the Regional Coordinating Council and later sent one Kantanka vehicle to the house of Regional Chairman and promised to return the other after a funeral.
According to Mr Nketsiah, the Secretary was also in possession of a Mitsubishi pick up sent in addition to one Kantanka vehicle which he had failed to hand over to the Regional Secretariat headed by the Chairman.
Mr Nketsiah further alleged that Mr Bissue had registered the vehicle but failed to submit both the vehicle and its papers to the Secretariat though according to him, the secretary had no power to unilaterally register or take over the car.
“In fact, our secretary continues to hold this party to ransom in trying to allocate the vehicle to himself without the permission of the Regional Chairman”, he added.
The steering committee has therefore given the incumbent secretary up to March 16 this year to return the vehicle or face sanctions.
Meanwhile, effort to reach the secretary to solicit his version of this information was not successful by telephone.