- Hassan Ayariga has stated that he spent time in prison in the fight against corruption
- The presidential candidate stated that as president, he would build more prisons to help curb corruption
- Ayariga also called on Nana Addo and NPP to "stop being political paddies" and jail corrupt officials
Hassan Ayariga, the founder of the All People’s Congress (APC), has made some interesting revelations about what he plans to do if voted into power as President of Ghana.
Mr Ayariga, in an interview with MyNewsGH.com, outlined his plans for enhancing prisons in Ghana.
According to the politician, expanding Ghana's penitentiary facilities would be his first step in fight corruption.
Ayariga then stated that he would make a drastic show of action by being the first sitting president of Ghana to spend a night in jail.
But the president-hopeful's time in jail would not be because of a crime committed but rather to show to his appointees that no one is above the law.
The APC lead revealed that, as a sitting president to spend time in jail, his actions would "signal...his appointees that anyone who misconducts himself or herself will be thrown into jail to serve as a deterrent to others".
"I want Ghanaians to know that if the President goes to sleep in prison for not committing any crime if anybody or any of appointees commits the crime he/she will be jailed without fear or favour", he said in the interview.
Hassan Ayariga bemoaned the sluggish and nonchalant approach to solving the menace of corruption by previous and successive governments of Ghana.
He was of the idea that corrupt government officials deserve harsher punishments than being asked to resign from their positions.
Ayariga also called on the current New Patriotic Party and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to make sure that corrupt officials are jailed.
"Let us stop being political paddies. If you have evidence they were corrupt, arrest and throw them in jail so that when their government also comes back into power and have evidence of corruption against you they will do same. When we begin to punish people without fear or favour all these corruption will stop. We are not enforcing sanctions because we favour each other", he added.
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