In a bid to generate enough resources for the upcoming polls in November, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has launched the Donate for change campaign. The campaign is aimed at soliciting for funds to support the party’s campaign to be launched later ahead of the general elections in November.
Speaking on Point Blank on Eyewitness News, the National Treasurer of the party, Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah, said the funds will specifically be transferred into the party’s account. “We are soliciting for funds and asking all who believe in the party and see a need for change to come on board. We aren’t asking for much, anything anyone can contribute. It can even be 1 cedi. All the amounts which will be donated will go into the NPP’s account” Mr. Abankwah said.
He explained that the party had resorted to this strategy of raising funds because “ all the funds for election cannot come from one source.” “ It is better to widen the network and work on innovative measures to get funds for the campaign,” he further explained. All NPP funds are accounted for Last year, the party was in the news for the wrong reasons after it emerged that Mr. Abankwah and the acting Chairman of the party, Freddy Blay had allegedly diverted party funds into a secret Ecobank account. The two have since denied any wrongdoing.
The party’s investigations later confirmed the monies were only transferred into another account but had not been stolen or misused. Commenting on the development, Mr. Abankwah reiterated that he was not guilty of any offense and further revealed that the party had since put in place measures to deal with the wrong perception Ghanaians had formed about issues relating to the party’s finances. “Every penny in NPP’s account is being accounted for,” Mr. Abankwah stated.
He further revealed that the appropriate sanctions would be applied to persons found misappropriating campaign funds.