The former first lady and flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has criticised President John Mahama for accepting a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkina Faso businessman.
The businessman is said to have gone ahead to win two lucrative government contracts worth over GH¢100 million.
Commenting on the development on Joy News on Monday, Nana Konadu said although it was not certain if the Burkinabe contractor presented the gift in 2012 as a token for the two contracts he was awarded, the vehicle presents legitimate suspicion.
“It is wrong. Anything in exchange for something is wrong. I think he [President Mahama] should have been the first person to say ‘hey you were looking for a contract, go through my [aides] don’t bring anything to me',” she said.
She said people in position of authority must endeavour to act in ways that do not leave room for suspicion of wrongdoing.
Nana Konadu is the latest high-profile personality to condemn the president's conduct.
Opposition political parties and some civil society organisations have been very emphatic that the gift amounts to a bribe, with some of them threatening to impose legal costs on the president.
President Mahama has, however, rejected accusations of corruption, stressing that he had put the car in the custody of the state. Moreover, he said, American cars were not his favourite.
“I don’t use Fords. I don’t like American cars. I use Japanese cars. Toyota is my car,” he said.