THE Upper West Regional Secretariat of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has refuted allegations by some activists of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the ex-Regional Minister, Mr. Mahmud Khalid, has given NPP contractors contracts.
It said, “We want to be emphatic that the NDC consciously refused to engage any contract or business person in the Upper West perceived to be a member or sympathizer of the NPP.”
A statement issued and signed by the Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr. Stephen Engmen in reaction to rampaging NDC youth allegation over award of contracts to NPP supporters, dared the Regional Executives and foot soldiers of the NDC to mention any contractor of the NPP who had benefitted from any contract under Mr. Khalid’s administration.
The statement registered its displeasure over the attempt by the NDC regional executives and foot soldiers to seek refuge under perceived NPP people being awarded contracts by Mr. Mahmud Khalid describing it as highly unacceptable and unfortunate.
The NPP challenged the NDC activists to mention any NPP contractor who was to participate in May 11, aborted tender opening at the Regional Co-ordinating Council.
It said it was hypocrisy at its highest order for the NDC to misinform President Mills and made it look as if NPP members were benefiting from contracts under the NDC when in fact no single member had indeed benefited.
“We would be tempted to publish the names of NDC contractors, businessmen and women who benefited under the NPP regime, “the statement added.
The NPP advised the NDC to concentrate more in curbing the recent spate of intra-party violence in Ghana and stop drawing the NPP into its confusion.
“Mahmud Khalid was only used as the sacrificial lamb for the simmering greed in the NDC,” the statement explained.
The statement said the NPP seek solace in the fact that these acts of discrimination by the NDC against its members would not last for long for “we shall surely be back.”