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E-levy: There’s no wise person in NPP – Lante Vanderpuye slams Okyere Baafi

Former Minister for Sports and MP for Odododiodoo, Mr. Nii Lante Vanderpuye has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is bereft of ideas to man the country.

He argued that the current economic situation exposes the bad governance of the Akufo-Addo administration some five years after assuming power.

The MP said this in reaction to a viral video that captures the MP for New Juaben South, Mr. Michael Okyere Baafi, saying the rejection of the controversial E-Levy will mean the government would not get funds to continue running the Free SHS programme.

Baafi is also heard in the video saying the NDC MPs support the levy but pretend they hate it.

That was after the Minority has taken a stance that the E-levy was regressive and needed not to be passed.

But Vanderpuye who was angered by what he described as “total lies” chastised Baafi, a deputy Minister for Trades and Industry, for misleading Ghanaians.

Michael Okyere-Baafi is Deputy Trades Minister

“That guy is not civilised at all. He’s uncouth and I wonder why his people voted against Dr Assibey Yeboah and brought this guy to Parliament.

“They lied their way to power and trying that at this time too but they should know they have failed. They are unintelligent and do not have wise men to manage this country well,” he lashed out.

” I don’t see anyone with wisdom in the NPP. Look at them; look at the economy and check for yourself,” he said in Akan.

While condemning the NPP for wasting the country’s resources and have had to rely on annual revenue of 6.9 billion from E-levy, Mr. Vanderpuye urged Ghanaians to ignore the “lies being churned out that the levy is

“Ghanaians should know them for who they are. They should know that Ghanaians are enlightened and won’t fall for their tricks,” the Legislator told Oheneba Boamah Bennie on The Battle Ground on Power FM.

On his part, the MP for Buem, Kofi Adams, who was also a panel member on the show also denied the claim that the NDC MPs had endorsed the passage of the E-levy Bill.

“If they say we have endorsed E-levy, then they should bring it to Parliament. We have been there for some time and we have to be asking them when they are bringing it,” Mr. Adams said in Akan.

He quizzed, “They[the MAjority] said it was an important bill to them and for that matter had to pass it under a certificate of urgency, so why are they relenting now?”

The former National Organiser for the NDC noted that, “they are even lucky, Speaker Bagbin is around so they should bring the Bill on the floor of the house to be debated on.”



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