STRANEK demands apology from Vanderpuye over ‘loose’ comment


The Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK) has called on the Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodoo Constituency, Nii Lante Vanderpuye to render an unqualified apology to Ghanaians for his comments in the wake of the incarceration of former GYEEDA boss, Abuga Pele.

Abuga Pele, together with businessman Philip Asibit, was jailed by an Accra High Court on Friday for, among other charges, willfully causing financial loss to the state.

While Abuga Pele will spend six years behind bars, Asibit was handed a 12-year jail term.

Speaking to the media after the party’s unity walk at Somanya in the Eastern region over the weekend, Mr Vanderpuye said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will release Abuga Pele from prison should it win the 2020 elections.

But reacting to the Odododiodoo legislator’s comment on Radio Tamale’s nightly Current Affairs programme, The People’s Parliament, the Executive Director of STRANEK, Nii Tettey Tetteh described Mr Vanderpuye’s comment as loose talk.

He said the judiciary is pivotal to the country’s democracy and must be respected.

“We at STRANEK simply find it unfortunate that Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuye is saying this. It is quite unfortunate, we think that it is a loose talk and that is why we are happy the NDC has issued a statement to condemn it and say that he stands alone. You cannot say that when you come to power the NDC will free Abuga Pele, because the judiciary is pivotal in Ghana’s democracy. You ought to respect it and that is why no politician will be supported if they want to belittle the powers of the judiciary,” he stated.

The NDC, in a statement issued and signed by its General Secrertary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia distanced itself from Mr Vanderpuye’s comments and said the party does not share in his sentiments.

Former president Rawlings has also condemned the MP’s comments and said such utterances will only keep the NDC in opposition for a long time.

STRANEK said it is only appropriate that Mr Vanderpuye eats the humble pie.

“We are only hoping that he actually apologises for making that comment because a legislator should be making such comments. He knows that they work in tandem with the judiciary. We basically are using your platform as a first point of call asking him to apologise for that because it is very unfortunate and it is uncalled for for a politician to say that. We think that he should know better and humbly eat the pie,” Nii Tetteh demanded.

By: Yahaya Masahudu,