- The NDC's National Organiser, Kofi Adams, has said the party will rally behind former COCOBOD CEO, Dr Stephen Opuni as he faces charges of corruption
- Dr Opuni has been charged with 27 counts, alongside one other
- But Mr Adams has described the charges as 'cooked up'
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not leave former COCOBOD boss, Dr Stephen Opuni who is facing charges for causing financial loss to the state, to his fate, the party's National Organiser has stated.
According to Kofi Adams, the NDC's executives and farmers whose lives have been impacted by the work of Dr Opuni will help him fight the charges which he [Adams] described as 'made up'.
Dr Opuni was on Wednesday, March 14, served alongside the CEO of Zeera Group, Seidu Agongo, with 27 charges after they were accused of conspiring to defraud the state.
According to the state, Dr Opuni signed three separate contracts for the supply of fertilisers from Germany that caused it to lose the sum of GHS 217 million.
The state also claims, Dr Opuni connived with the CEO of Agricult Ghana Limited, Mr Agongo, to secure a GHS 43.1 million worth of fertilizer contract, even when the two knew the terms and conditions could not be met.
The fertilisers were to be imported from Germany for onward distribution to farmers for the 2013/2014 cocoa farming season.
The fertilisers were, however, produced locally by Mr Agongo's company contrary to the terms of the agreement.
The state observed the clandestine strategy was carried out in the subsequent farming seasons resulting in a major contract costing GHS75.3million in 2015.
But Mr Adams said the former COCOBOD CEO has done nothing wrong to deserve the treatment meted out to him by the current government.
“Why didn’t the Board report any wrongdoing when it approved those contracts?” the NDC Organiser asked in an interview with Joy News.
For him, the government was only hunting for people to blame for its inefficiency.
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