Goodmorning Ladies and Gentlemen
Thank you for honouring our invitation to set the record straight.
If you will recall, we made a press release just last week to declare our support for the Progressive People’s Party-PPP but this has received needless foul language from Henry Lartey, the late Dan Lartey’s son on several media platforms. We want to remind Ghanaians that all the accusations made by Henry Lartey are unfounded, without foundation and a waste of time.
We want to put on record that since 1998, Alhassan Saeed and Gilbert Barnor together with several other GCPP National Executives served the late Dan Lartey and the GCPP with all our heart as we were accordingly elected as National Education Secretary and National 2nd Vice Chairman respectively at Ho.
In the year 2004, when we all decided to go to congress, the late Dan Lartey decided to select people from the Kokomba market in Accra to represent the Northern Region. I was the same person who objected to that wrong move by Dan Lartey. In that very year, we organized a fund raising activity at La Palm Beach Hotel and the money realized from that event was eventually stolen by Henry Lartey according to what Dan Lartey told us. As a result of this, we could not hold any congress in 2004 because the money meant for the congress was in the unlawful custody of Henry Lartey. I took the case to court and the court placed an injunction on the party.
We are not ashamed to say that in 2008 when the GCPP decided to hold its congress in Kumasi, we had left the party but, even at that congress, the electoral commission did not recognize the congress due to the poor organizational work that preceded the congress.
We want to inform Ghanaians that Mr. Dan Lartey could not contest the 2008 elections due to the frustration he experienced from Ali Adam, who squandered the Ghc 5,000,000 old cedis (Ghc500 new cedis) which was meant to transport him to all the regions to collect signatures from all the districts to facilitate Mr Dan Lartey’s bid as presidential candidate.
The late Dan Lartey invited Alhassan Saeed, Gilbert Barnor, together with Edward Lajagla (running mate), Richard Holzdze (Organizing Secretary) and Mrs Ansarikta Sulemana (Acting National Women Organizer) to help reorganize the party to regain its lost notoriety.
Four weeks after we re-joined the GCPP, Mr Dan Lartey died, but just after his death, Henry Lartey surfaced, fighting everybody by imposing himself as chairman and Leader with the view that the GCPP is his father’s party thereby defying the caution made to them by Mr. Sarfo Kantanka of Electoral Commission that political parties are not inheritance and that one man does not run a party. This brought about the fall out between Henry Lartey, Thompson, Ali and his group.
Ladies and Gentlemen, as elders of the party, we advised Henry Lartey several times to allow due process to prevail but he objected and still wanted to impose himself on us as the chairman and leader of GCPP. Similarly, there were accusations and counter accusations of stolen money President Kufour donated to the party during the funeral of the late Dan Lartey. A decision was reached as advised by Mr. Sarfo Kantanka to constitute an interim committee which the GCPP constitution allows and copies of the names of the interim executives were distributed to the EC, IEA, GNA whiles the Daily Graphic also published it.
When the interim executives were constituted, Mr. Alhassan Saeed was made the Acting General Secretary, Mr. Gilbert Barnor as Acting National 1st Vice Chairman while Henry Lartey was made the Acting Chairman but because of greed, Henry wanted to be seen as the leader and this was rejected. Per the GCPP Constitution, Ali Adam is only a member and not the General Secretary of GCPP as Henry Lartey wants Ghanaians to believe.
In the first place, Ali Adam and Thompson did not want to be part of the interim National Executives, they claim they were elected in Kumasi and should be respected regardless of the fact that the electoral commission did not recognize their position.
When we started serious grassroot activity, it paved way for the maiden Inauguration of Interim Regional Executives at Takoradi and Pastor Harry Mettle, Mr Alhassan Saeed, Henry Lartey, Mr Gilbert Barnor as well as media houses like Metro Tv, Tv3, Tv Africa, Skyyfm were all present. We were mortified at Takoradi when after the inauguration, Mr Henry Lartey could not pay for the food which was provided and it had to take the effort of Pastor Mettle and Mr. Gilbert Barnor to save the situation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, who is counterfeit at this juncture?
We organized a meeting at Osu Clottey in the year 2010 where we supplied Jersey and Footballs to the youth in the Osu community. I, Alhassan Saeed addressed the gathering as the Acting General Secretary of GCPP in the presence of Henry Lartey, Acting Chairman and Mr Gilbert Barnor, Actiing National 1st Vice Chairman. Were we imposters of GCPP at this function?
Ladies and Gentlemen, if there is anybody who is morally bankrupt, an imposter, charlatan and a pathological liar, it is Henry Lartey and no one else. Henry Lartey should tell us what he was doing when he was in London? We are challenging Henry Lartey to provide evidence to Ghanaians that he has a degree, masters degree and a Ph.D. Which institution did Henry Lartey acquire those qualifications?
As for the Kofi Wayo allegations, the least said about it the better. All the allegations are unfounded and it is simply an attempt to deceive the Ghanaian public. Kofi Wayo is only a talkative and not a politician. The good people of Ghana know Kofi Wayo better that man better than any of us. Ghanaians should treat all the allegations made by Henry Lartey with disdain. Henry Lartey is a confused opportunistic selfish individual who is seeking to sell the GCPP to the highest political party. We are not interested in such move.
We want to reiterate that we have defected from the GCPP to the PPP with clear conscience and our decision has become necessary because we want to be part of the newly and yet to be outdoored Progressive People’s Party (PPP), which is currently the only political party in Ghana whose thinking is in line with the domestication concept of the GCPP which is about using the purchasing power of the state to ensure that we eat what we grow and use what we produce in Ghana.
We are interested in a political party which believes in inclusiveness and inclusiveness does not only mean serving in government. More importantly, it means providing equal opportunity to all Ghanaians without regard to political, ethnic or religious affiliation. We encourage Ghanaians to embrace the idea that individuals from different political parties must work together for the benefit of all Ghanaians. If we do not, political parties will continue to be stores for their party members alone as opposed to change agents for all Ghanaians.
We are by this defection, appealing to all GCPP sympathizers’, our friends and some of our members who believe in us as their leaders to join hands with the Progressive People’s Party.
AWAKE ALL PROGRESSIVES
Long Live the Progressive People’s Party
Long Live Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom
Long Live Ghana
Alhassan Saeed – GCPP AG. General Sec.
Gilbert Barnor – GCPP 1st National Vice Chairman