When they were in opposition the National Democratic Congress [NDC] constantly accused the New Patriotic Party [NPP] of being corrupt and the accusation continued when President Mills government took office. The NPP has been accused by the NDC for appropriating millions of dollars during the celebration of Ghana@50. The NPP has also been accused of making profits from the building of the Jubilee House built to house the presidency. The allegation has forced President Mills to delay moving into House. The allegations against the NPP seem to go on by the day with P.C. Appiah Ofori a member of the NPP party going public to accuse Members of Parliament belonging to the NPP. He accused them of receiving $5000 each during the sale of Ghana Telecom in which they were asked to vote to support the motion.
The NPP too has countered the NDC’s accusations by pointing to the massive corruption that existed during the 11 years of PNDC and 8 years of NDC rule. They also point to recent revelations that suggest the NDC transition team spent a whopping 3.61 billion cedis on tea and water within two months.
NPP also points to revelations in Nigeria and Ghana newspapers that the Governor of Rivers State of Nigeria Mr. Rotimi Amaechi paid $3.5 million to ex-President Rawlings which was used to bankroll their 2008 election campaign that brought them victory.
NPP says the NDC is like a silver calling the kettle black and points to recent information in public domain that Mahama Ayariga the spokesperson for President Mills has illegally acquired five tractors meant for poor Ghanaian farmers. He took five tractors meant for underprivileged farmers and paid for only one whose price was further reduced for him.
NPP says the NDC should shut because it has no moral right to accuse its members of corruption. They accused the NDC of shady deals and point to Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak who used his office as a charity buying pampas, khebab and travelling around with his girl friend.
And as if that is not enough Nana Ohene-Ntow, the General Secretary of the NPP in a hot exchange with Kofi Adams has called on Jerry Rawlings to come clean if he is not corrupt. Nana Ohene-Ntow told Adams who doubles as the spokesperson for Rawlings and NDC Deputy Youth Organiser, “he [Rawlings] should tell Ghanaians how he got money to build his mansion at Agyirigannon, how he financed his children’s fees abroad, and those who provided him the 4 wheel drive vehicles.If he fails to provide the hard facts, he should desist from disturbing the peace of this country”.
The fact of the matter is that both parties are corrupt. Their members are getting richer everyday while majority Ghanaians live on $2 a day, without adequate food and shelter, water and sanitation. The mistake Ghanaians are making is that they keep voting for these individuals who are more interested feeding themselves and their families than taking care of the entire population.
"Ghanaians must sit up"