Hajia Fawzia Karim, the woman at the core of the video that captures Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo receiving a sum of money concealed in a brown envelope, noted that the said footage was captured in 2016 when the latter was the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, contrary to suggestions by the Salis Newspaper and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the latter was the presidential candidate for the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Hajia Fawzia stated in her interview with Asaase Radio that the footage was doctored, adding that they had visited candidate Akufo-Addo to donate to his campaign for 2016. According to her, out of her own will, she donated 1000 t-shirts and GH 40,000 on that day.
“It was before the elections in 2016. I had about 1000 t-shirts with the photos of the then-presidential candidate and his vice, and to support Nana I added a sum of GH 40,000. As a party member, I went there,” she said while expressing shock at the turn of events.
Two video clips with the same setting and scenery but with different narratives have been in circulation in the last couple of days, fueling a debate about whether or not President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has gone against his vow not to tolerate any act of corruption.
One of the files that sought to indicate the incorruptible tag of Akufo-Addo was a mere gimmick, part of a forty-minute suspected investigative piece by the Salis Newspaper that shows how the President was affected by a $40,000 sum hidden in a brown envelope to overlook corruption and allegations of NDC affiliation against Urban Roads Department Director Alhaji Abass Awolu.
According to the narrator, Alhaji Abass sent a delegation to the President in that video at his private residence in Nima. Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Adjei Bawuah, led them to the president. There were a woman and a man in his business, who was introduced as the wife and brother of the Urban Roads Director.
However, a second video indicates otherwise. Although the scene and characters are the same as the Salis Newspaper, the conversation is totally different; it’s a donation and not a bribe. Instead, the unseen man, who the newspaper believes in its article is Alhaji Abass’s brother, is heard discussing how they should aid in the electioneering campaign.
The video shows that the three personalities [Ambassador Bawuah, a lady, and a man whose face is not captured] went to the home of Akufo-Addo to give money to grease his campaign’s wheels.
It was a bribery scene involving the President, the key opposition NDC maintains, stressing that it was meant to make him soften his hands over the allegations against Alhaji Abass. But Hajia Fawzia claimed, without error, in her interview that the meeting was not about her husband, Alhaji Abass Awolu.
Reaction from the Government
Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah asked the general public to ignore the accusation of bribery against the President, stressing that the opposition National Democratic Congress is propagating false information (NDC). While noting that with a few days to the elections, the government has braced itself for more fabricated and concocted facts, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said the meeting captured on tape ensued at a time when Akufo-Addo was not yet president.
“While the opposition candidate and his party are not surprised at the new low, we are reminding Ghanaians that in the days leading up to the election they should expect more of such falsehoods and fabrications,” he said in a statement.
It has become clear that the failed campaign of candidate Mahama now sees false news and fabrications, as well as an amendment to their earlier pledges, as the only hope of saving President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party from another definitive victory.
We are saddened that Mr. Mahama and the new NDC leadership can stoop so low with apparent fabrications that they hope the minds of Ghanaians will change. It is their stock-in-trade, and it will always be.
The people of Ghana are discerning and will not be intimidated by apparent fabrications planned by individuals who always strive to disregard the name of the Republic and sully its reputation among the comity of nations.
“President Akufo-Addo has never been involved in any untoward behavior in order to avoid doubt, let alone take a bribe. The original footage of the incident clearly shows it as a donation to the 2016 campaign and nothing more,” he stressed.
Who had the video recorded?
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Hajia Fawzia believes that Salis Yakubu Atsuluho of the Salis Newspaper filmed the video. She pointed out that Salis was one of the two people who accompanied her to the private residence of Akufo-Addo.
The New Crusading Guide newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, also said the same. He announced that he introduced Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the New Crusading Guide fame to Salis Yakubu Atsuluho.
I just don’t know how I feel. Kweku Baako told Accra-based Peace FM on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, “This gentleman, Salis Yakubu Atsuluho, he’s the man behind the Salis newspaper, he’s the guy who made the secret recording of candidate Akufo-Addo,”
That’s the guy behind Who Watches The Watchman 1′; that’s the same guy. Look, this is the same guy that inspired my entrance into Tiger Eye. That’s why I’m saying I don’t know how I feel.
In 2006, when this gentleman walked up to me and, in truth, opened up to me that he was an NDC activist, I was seated at the base-Coffee Shop; now he is an NPP member.
“He’s a political prostitute and a high-ranking mercenary,” Mr. Baako said, adding, “I regret that I brought him to Anas Aremeyaw Anas and introduced him to Tiger Eye, and dismissed him in four or five months.”
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“This is 2006 and he set up his own group afterward.”
Mr. Baako said He’s the person behind the newspaper Salis. He lied that when Anas went to show him some extracts of his documentary, I secretly recorded the President.”
“The guy we’re dealing with has fled. I know that he’s left for Benin as I speak to you,” he revealed to host Kwami Sefa Kayi.