Gabby and Asante Bediatuo have become rich overnight under Akufo-Addo due to corruption – Listowel

The Executive director for Good Governance Advocacy, Listowel Nana Kusi Poku, has urged Ghanaians to rise up against the corruption and state capture being witnessed under the Akufo-Addo government.

He is of the conviction that a lot of people who were close to Akufo-Addo during opposition and struggled to pay rent have become rich overnight due to their corrupt activities in the country.

Speaking on Dwaboase breakfast show on TV XYZ Tuesday morning, the political activist decried the current state of the country which is endowed with rich natural resources.

To him, the cousins of Akufo-Addo including the former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, the Executive Secretary of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Nana Asante Bediatuo and other close associates of the President have acquired questionable assets under this regime.

“Today these people have acquired so much wealth under Akufo-Addo yet they struggled to pay their rent before they came to power,” he told host Kwame Minkah.

Kusi Poku intimated that Gabby Asare Otchere Darko could possibly be the richest man in Ghana now because of his association with Akufo-Addo.

“Gabby struggled to pay rent but today I think he is the richest man in Ghana… How did he get so rich when he could not afford to pay his rent?”

” Asante Bediatuo, prior to coming to power, could only boast of a rickety Tata vehicle but today he is rich and acquiring so much wealth and buying big hotels. I remember when Mugabe [host of Inside Politics on Power FM] was hauled to court in 2016, I met Asante Bediatuo in court and the exhaust fumes from his vehicle soiled our shirts. That was a rickety vehicle but he is now rich,” Listowel stated.

Kusi Poku’s comments come on the back of a street protest against the sale of a 60 percent stake in four hotels owned by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

The hotels are being sold to Rock City Hotel, which is owned by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong.

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is the one leading the protest today dubbed ‘Hands off our hotels’.

The development has triggered agitations among some Ghanaians and labour unions for the past few weeks.

Reacting to the demonstration, Kusi Poku argued that the sale of the state hotels is a grand scheme by the Akufo-Addo government to sell state assets to cronies.

“This state capture tactics by Akufo-Addo and his kinsmen must stop,” he said.

To him, the sale of these hotels to cronies is a way those around Akufo-Addo are using “to wash their dirty money acquired through illegal means.”




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