NPP counsels John Mahama: “You’re better off not talking about corruption” Featured

The governing New Patriotic Party has laughed off claims by the former President John Dramani Mahama that he will ensure a vigorous fight is mounted against the canker of corruption if Ghanaians vote next year to return him to power in 2021.

Nana Obiri Boahen, a deputy general secretary of the New Patriotic Party, says the claim by the 2020 presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress “cannot make any sense to any discerning Ghanaian”.

“In fact, this claim by Mahama, as well as the other claim that President Akufo-Addo has lost the corruption war, only betrays him as somebody with no sense of shame, and he thinks he can continue to take Ghanaians for a ride because, to him, ‘Ghanaians have short memories’,” Nana Obiri Boahen said yesterday in an interview with the Daily Statesman.

And the NPP deputy general secretary believes, “Mahama is better off not talking about issues of corruption in the country because he is an embodiment of corruption.”

Surprise statement

In a statement to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, which was observed on Monday, the former President accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of not doing well in the fight against corruption.

In Mr Mahama’s view, the man who took over from him as the President of Ghana has “lost the war on corruption”.

“Fighting corruption requires genuine and collective efforts, particularly from political leaders. As we demonstrated in the past, the National Democratic Congress will make no excuses in this fight.

“Sadly, recent surveys are confirming that we are losing the fight against corruption. This is the worry of majority of Ghanaians,” the former President and NDC flagbearer claimed in his statement.

No conscience

But responding to Mr Mahama’s claims, the NPP’s deputy general secretary described the former President as “a leader without conscience”, adding: “If indeed he had a conscience, he would run away whenever the issue of corruption is mentioned.

“In fact, it is on record, and all Ghanaians can attest to it, that former President Mahama presided over the worst form of corruption ever in the history of this country. We have never had a president who was that corrupt and never again will we get such a corrupt president in the life of this country,” Nana Obiri Boahen vowed.

The NPP deputy general secretary invited the former President to take his time to read the full judgment in the case “Republic vs High Court ex parte Attorney General and Interested Parties”, which involves irregularities surrounding the doling out of bauxite concessions to Exton Cubic, a company owned by President Mahama’s younger brother Ibrahim.

He came to steal

“In fact, that case alone is enough for any fair-minded person to come to the conclusion that Mr Mahama’s main motivation of coming into office was to steal the resources of the country to satisfy his personal greed and that of his family.

“To make reference to the famous statement by Justice Dotse, Mahama and his close associates only came to power to ‘create, loot and share’ the nation’s resources. And the Exton Cubic case was a typical example of how they mismanaged the resources of the country,” Nana Obiri Boahen said.

The deputy general secretary further invited the former President to read the judgment of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on the Ford Expedition “gift” Mr Mahama took from a Burkinabè road contractor.

“Even though Mr Mahama, as then President, was said to have engaged in an act of indiscretion, the whole deal exposed him as an unrepentant and a fraudulent president,” Nana Obiri Boahen said.

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