Mornah Faces Disqualification Over Dud Cheque

Bernard Mornah
Three persons have dragged Bernard Mornah, the General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), to the party’s vetting committee over a bounced cheque.

By their action they seek to stall Bernard Mornah’s bid to contest for the position of chairman of the party during the PNC’s forthcoming delegate’s congress.

A cheque he is said to have issued to the party to cover his filing fees and annual dues had been referred to drawer – a bankers’ euphemism for a bounced cheque.

A Ghana Commercial Bank cheque No. 000054 with face value of five thousand, one hundred and eighty Ghana cedis (GH¢5,180) dated 6th November, 2015, which he issued to the party, was lodged with the Societe Generale Bank’s account of the party.

Societe Generale Bank in a correspondence titled ‘Advice Of Notice – Unpaid Cheques’ dated 12/11/15, returned the cheque to the PNC for insufficient money in the said account.

The petitioners, Henry Asante, David Apasera and Abubakar Sadick Ebla – frontline members of the party and contesting for 1st Vice Chairman and Chairman (by the last two persons) respectively during the party’s delegates’ congress – want the vetting committee to probe the anomaly and to take the necessary punitive action, should the investigation prove positive.

The excerpts of the petition dated 20th November, 2015 and jointly signed by Henry Asante, David Apasera and Abubakar Sadick read, ‘We write to officially call the attention of your office to our undercover investigation which has led to the discovery of a bounced cheque issued by Mr. Bernard Mornah in connection with filing and annual dues towards our impending congress.

‘We are calling on your office to investigate this allegation and if found guilty sanctioned appropriately. We hope the committee will do as such, because he is deemed not to have filed.’

When DAILY GUIDE contacted Bernard Mornah on the issue, he said he neither knew anything about a petition nor a bounced cheque.

‘It’s strange to me. I am not aware. I don’t know how to respond to it. If I submitted a cheque and it bounced I should be the first person to know,’ he said.

In apparent reference to David Apasera, the party’s treasurer, he said, ‘As national treasurer he is the officer who received the cheque and so there is nothing about an underground investigation as they mentioned. There can be many reasons for a cheque to bounce. Figures could differ from the words or insufficient funds in the accounts. Both could account for a cheque to bounce. I am yet to be called and told about a bounced cheque,’ adding that ‘There could be mischief.’

Portions of the petition were read out to Bernard Mornah when DAILY GUIDE called him yesterday.

The PNC’s national delegates’ congress is scheduled for the Upper West Regional capital of Wa on 27th November, 2015.

By A.R. Gomda

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