Proper Investigation Will rest Blay 275 bus Saga – Tsikata
Tsatsu Tsikata, a Ghanaian academic and lawyer and as well former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation has call for probe investigation into the 275 bus saga by Newly Elected National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party.
According to Mr Tsikata, the matter of the buses can only be allowed to rest after a criminal probe against Mr Freddie Blay, the chairman of the NPP who is also the board chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC).
Ahead of NPP’s national delegates conference in koforidua, Freddie Blay was reported to purchase 275 buses for all constituencies in the country.
Even though Mr Blay including some key members of the Party has explained countless times that Freddie Blay secured a bank facility loan for the buses, some people, particularly in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) still think the source of funding for the buses should be probed. Togbe Afede has as well raised concerns calling for investigation into the matter.
Tsatsu Tsikata speaking on Joy News, The Pulse with Gifty Andoh Appiah, thinks investigation into the matter will put matters to rest.
”“It does not help to do it [buy buses for 275 constituencies] at the time he did — before a primary or election — because of the perception and that is a reality also there are serious matters of criminality…so those matters would have to be investigated in terms of normal criminal investigations” – he said.
According to him, buying 275 buses for each constituency ahead of such a crucial election can mount to vote buying, adding that looking at it from that perspective, he is convinced Mr Blay would have recognized that he could have done it in a better way.
“What I am saying is that, if I were Freddie Blay, I would also sit back and reflect, what impression has been created through my actions and could that have been avoided, and honestly looking at it in that perspective, I’m sure that he, Freddie Blay will recognise he could have done it a bit differently,” Mr Tsikata added.