The storm clouds swirling around the National Democratic Congress since the eruption of the Airbus scandal show no sign of lifting. Nor is there any indication that the finger of suspicion about the ultimate beneficiary of bribes the European company paid to secure a multimillion-dollar military deal with Ghana will point to anyone other than the top man in the party: John Dramani Mahama.

Following the UK court’s ruling in the bribery case that has put Ghana on a pinnacle of international disgrace, the governing NPP has authoritatively declared that the “Government Official 1” (GO1) cited in the scandal is former President John Dramani Mahama.

A division of the London high court has found Airbus guilty of paying sweeteners to officials of the Government of Ghana at a time when then Vice-President Mahama was in charge of jet purchases for the country. The aircraft “chop-chop” deal, one of the subjects of a previous inquiry ordered by President Mills, was sanctioned by Mr Mahama. It figures prominently in the single largest fine imposed by a UK court on a corporate body found guilty of paying bribes.

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