Founder of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum is calling on President Mahama to step down or face legal action following the revelation that he accepted a car gift worth over $100,000 from a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe.
The Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, admitted giving President Mahama a Ford Expedition vehicle, for which the President called to thank him. The gift according to reports, was prior to an attempt by the contractor, to win a bid to execute the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road construction project.
According to the party chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, the President had stained himself and the presidency with corruption.
“I will ask him [President Mahama] to step aside because it is not rubbing off very well on his presidency. This will be blot on his presidency having accepted a gift of this magnitude from a contractor seeking business from his government. We are talking to all manner of people and if it gets to the point where we believe that nothing is happening and that the government is just ignoring these practices, we may seek a court order… I am not saying we are considering a court case today, but it is not off the table. It is something to be considered,” he insisted.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Communications says the inference of conflict of interest by President John Mahama based on a JoyFM report is “absolutely false and untenable.” According to the minister of communications, Dr Omane Boamah, the award of the contract was the result of an international competitive bidding process which was in compliance with laid down requirements of the European Union.