- The NDC has accused the president of taking a $40,000 bribe in order not to fire the director of Urban Roads
- Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, dismissed the video as fake
- Nonetheless, the president was dragged to CHRAJ over the allegation by ASEPA
- It wants forensic audits to be conducted on the president’s private accounts
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would break his silence on the viral video that captured him allegedly taking bribe after the December 7 elections, the NPP’s national organiser has hinted
“…Much of the attention is on the election, so even if there’s anything, let’s see after the election,” Sammy Awuku told Atinka TV, according to a report sighted on Peacefmoline by YEN.com.gh on Friday, December 4, 2020.
The viral video was broadcasted by the opposition NDC on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. President Akufo-Addo could be seen in the footage receiving something in a brown envelope, which the NDC said was $40,000.
Meanwhile, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, rubbished the video as fake, maintaining that the president cannot be corrupted.
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He said the president had never been involved in any untoward conduct, let alone take a bribe and that the money was a 2016 campaign donation and nothing more.
That notwithstanding, the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), hauled the president to CHRAJ because it found the contents of the video disturbing.
The anti-corruption organisation demands the commission conducts forensic audits on the president’s personal bank accounts to establish the flow of funds into his personal accounts.
Meanwhile, Mahama reportedly set up a fake company in Ghana to collect the bribes being paid by Airbus, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
The revelation was made at a news conference in Accra on Friday, December 4, 2020, by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Addressing the presser, the deputy campaign manager of the NPP, Mustapha Abdul Hamid, said Ghana was singled out in the scandal because of the “impunity linked to Mahama’s determination to continue cashing in on bribes in the face of international exposure.”
Mahama denied his involvement. He broke his silence on the issue in June, arguing that due diligence was followed in the purchase of the two aircraft for the Ghana Armed Forces.
In a separate development, the former president expressed optimism in winning the upcoming presidential race. He described his campaign as satisfactory despite the strenuous nature of it due to the COVID-19 scourge. He said the feedback from electorates was refreshing.
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