July 8, 2014

Mr Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asuogyaman and presidential hopeful of New Patriotic Party (NPP) has refuted media speculations that he failed to meet his financial commitment during the filing of his nomination.

He said people trading such falsehood should cross-check their facts.

Speaking in an interview with Ghana News Agency (GNA), in Accra at the weekend, he said reports that he did not pay the mandatory GH₵85, 000 filling fees when he submitted his nomination to the party was untrue.

Mr Osei Ameyaw said: “I have met my financial obligation to the party and has the NPP said I haven’t?

A party source also told the GNA that the legislator was hugely instrumental to the success of the party’s congress in Tamale, where the new executives of the NPP were elected.

The Source said Mr Osei Ameyaw promised to offer a loan to the party which he fulfilled and had subsequently asked the party in writing to defray the nomination fees from the amount.

He showed the GNA a copy of a letter by the MP permitting the party to withhold his filing and nomination fees from the money owed him by the party.

The letter, titled “Re-Recovery of Loan to the Party” and dated June 12, 2014, was received and signed for on July 7, 2014 by one Mabel Laryea at the NPP headquarters at 1647 hours.

The letter read: “I refer the above matter and confirm that prior to the National Delegates Conference in Tamale, the National Council ratified a proposal that I loaned the party GH₵ 200,000 towards the preparatory works for the conference. Accordingly, I provided the loan.

“The National elections are over and we have our National Officers in place preparing for the conduct of the Presidential primaries.

“I request that part of the loan monies be used to offset my nomination fees.

“I understand the amount of monies to be paid is GH₵ 85,000. Please deduct this amount from my outstanding monies with the party.

Furthermore, I would also request that part of the monies be paid to me in cash so that I can invest that in the party base structure urgently.”

The source said the party “should be the one crying foul” and not people seeking to malign Mr Osei Ameyaw.