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Akufo-Addo’s government has been rocked with some scandals for which reason he may lose the 2020 elections.
YEN.com.gh brings you six of Akufo-Addo’s scandals that may cause his win at the upcoming elections
1. Power Distribution Services (PDS). In 2019, Ghanaians were informed that PDS, a foreign entity, had taken over the distribution of power to Ghanaian. Hitherto, the Electricity Company of Ghana (EGC) was in charge.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described that move as a scandalous one under the watch of Akufo-Addo and NPP. The NDC has said Ghana lost about US$2 billion, comprising of US$190 million under the Power Compact, and another US$500 million under the Regional Compact, among others.
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It said further that Akufo-Addo, through the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, and well supported by Dr. Bawumia, and the President’s cousin and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta schemed to handover the over GH¢20 billion assets of the ECG to the PDS.
2. Cash for Seat: Akufo-Addo was also rocked with the cash for seat scandal somewhere in 2018. The president was indicted in that “Cash for seat” saga in which some people were said to have paid a large sum of money to sit by him.
3. GHC800,000 website: There was also a website scandal rocked Akufo-Addo. That amount was said to have been spent on a website to showcase the government’s special initiatives. After this was discovered, the representatives from the government claimed that GHC80,000 was spent. Ghanaians were disappointed in the government for spending such a whopping sum on a website.
4. Agyapa Royal Deal: Currently trending is the Agyapa Royal deal. The NDC has described this deal as the “monumental” of all of the scandals that have rocked Akufo-Addo. They have accused President Akufo-Addo, of fraudulently mortgaging Ghana’s gold royalties to a “fraudulent vehicle” called Agyapa. The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, has also been accused alongside with the president are Ken Ofori Atta and other close associates in government.
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This deal, if approved, will see to it that Ghana’s gold royalties will be exchanged for a meager sum of $500 million for the next 15 years. In fact, it was for this reason that the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, resigned from that position.
He has described Akufo-Addo as the mother of all corrupt serpent given how he and other close government associates are handling the Agyapa gold deal. Amidu has also accused the government of paying unwarranted allowances to some government workers. In an earlier report by YEN.com.gh, we published how Amidu rejected some of these allowances paid to him, and the explanations he made for that.
5. Food and Drugs Authority (FDA): About a few weeks ago, Manesseh Azuri, one of Ghana’s revered investigative journalists, released an exposé on some scandalous deals perpetrated by the FDA.
It was revealed in the documentary how top officials at the FDA took huge sums of money from individuals and corporate entities that want their products vetted for sale on the market. The case involving the producers of COA FS and the FDA was also revealed. This led to massive criticisms as Ghanaians were disappointed in this rot at the FDA.
6. Oppression of the media: It has also been said that many media persons have been oppressed under the NPP administration. Manesseh Azure has lamented greatly about this and said that he enjoyed more press freedom and felt safer under the erstwhile Mahama administration.
It is also under Akufo-Addo’s watch the investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussien Suale, was gruesomely murdered. Till now, the assassins have not been apprehended.
Former president John Mahama, has promised that if he is voted for, he will unravel the mystery behind the death of Suale.
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