Former President John Mahama has heavily criticised President Nana Akufo-Addo for refusing to protect the public purse as he promised in the run up to the 2016 elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer has thus asked Ghanaians not to renew the mandate of Akufo-Addo in the upcoming elections because the Akufo-Addo led administration has turned the seat of the President into an office to defraud the Ghanaian people.
Mahama said apart from Akufo-Addo’s appointees engaging in corrupt activities with pride, his government has failed to transform the lives of the people as he promised hence he does not need to be retained as Ghana’s president.
Addressing a rally at Garu in the Upper East Region, Mr Mahama stated that the corruption scandals under Akufo-Addo only means he is seeking for four more years “to steal more.”
“They say they want for more to do more but the question the people in Garu should ask is four more to do what?…The logic is that you should have done something and so you want to do more than what you have done.
But when you have nothing, how can you say that you want 4 years more to do more when you have done nothing?” Mahama quizzed. “…And so it is not 4 years to do more, its 4 more to steal more.”
Earlier at Widana, Mr Mahama had jabbed Akufo-Addo for the corruption scandals in his administration and asked the people to reject him in the December 7 elections, saying “the president is bathing in corruption.”
Speaking at a community engagement, Mr Mahama cited the Agyapa and PDS scandals as justifications for his claim, adding that Special Proisecutor Martin Amidu exposed Akufo-Addo as a leader who shields corrupt officials.
“All you see is corruption. At the time we were in office, they tarred us with the brush of corruption and they made so much noise about it,” Mahama said and referred to the said accusations at the time as propaganda.
He said despite Akufo-Addo’s warning prior to the 2016 elections that corruption would be a risky venture in his government, the President has been encouraging corruption after he was voted to power.
The President is bathing in corruption, and I say that because the allegations of corruption are of people close to him [Akufo-Addo],” Mahama noted.
The former President said “You can be president and there might be a CEO or something [SIC] who does something; you probably are not aware but when you become aware you must take action against it. When you take cases like PDS and you hear his [Akufo-Addo’s] own brother and his cousins and others discussing how to distribute shares of PDS then the President is bathing in corruption.”
He continued,”We have their voices on tape[showing] how somebody should reduce his share…As if that was not enough, then we have Agyapa. And everybody associated with Agyapa is close to the president or his senior associates. So when we say the President is bathing in corruption, literally we mean he is bathing in corruption.”
Mr Mahama said the Special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, before resigning from office, made a “damning” report about the Agyapa Deal which exposed Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Ata and his other cousin Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko as beneficiaries of the deal.
Martin Amidu’s Resigantion
Ghana’s Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, conducted a corruption risk assessment on the controversial Agyapa Royalties Agreement that involvement of Mr Ofori-Ata’s Data Bank Financial Services Limited and added that the Agreement smelled of “bid-rigging” in a procurement process that “was manipulated by the Ministry of Finance headed by Akufo-Addo’s cousin Kem Ofori-Ata.
Amidu who is also known as Citizen Vigilante told President Akufo-Addo in his resignation letter last Monday that he had to tender in his resignation because of “the traumatic experience I went through from October 20, 2020, to November 2, 2020, when I conveyed in a 13-page letter the conclusions and observations on the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the Report On Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions and Other Matters Related Thereto to the President as Chairman of the National Security Council.”
He cited interference with his work, adding “my position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable” under the presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo despite a pledge from the President to “respect” his office and not control it.
Amidu had already rejected an offer from President Akufo-Addo to add his Finance Minister’s comment about the deal, to his final report that unveiled the corruption of government officials in the deal.
He said, “After receiving my letter under reference on 19 October 2020, you ordered your Chief of Staff on 20 October 2020, to deliver an urgent message personally to me on the same day…When she could not reach me on telephone, she decided to invite me in writing in her letter with reference number OP/COS/015 dated 2o October 2020, stating that: ‘I have been directed by HE the President of the Republic, to deliver an urgent message personally to you, today, 20 October 2020. I am looking forward to seeing you as requested,” Amidu said in his letter.
He continued, “I received the Chief of Staff’s letter the next morning, 21 October 2020, and reported to her office as requested. The message she delivered to me was that: You had instructed that I was not to do anything about my report on the Agyapa Royalties Transaction until I had met you on Friday, 23 October 2020.
“You were away in the Volta Region when I met the Chief of Staff.”
Amidu’s resignation has sparked controversies, with most anti-corruption fighters saying they are disappointed in the Akufo-Addo government for failing to call his family members who are in his government to order.