The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the President to step down following a leaked video of him allegedly receiving a bribe.
The call by National Communications Officer of the party, Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi comes on the back of allegations that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took bribes for $40,000 to keep the Executive Director of the Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu, in office.
According to the NDC, Alhaji Awolu was appointed by Nana Akufo-Addo’s predecessor,His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and in a bid to save his job, Alhaji Awolu allegedly presented the money to the President to quell calls for him to be removed.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, December 2nd at the party headoffice in Accra, Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi claimed that the leaked video of the President taking the alleged bribe denigrates the country’s image and hence Nana Akufo-Addo is no more fit to be called a President.
“The New Patriotic Party supporters are guilty that is why they are all quiet on social media. Nana Addo has tarnished the image of Ghana. Ghana has no glory before the international community for this evil practice of bribery and corruption”, he bemoaned.
He also challenged Nana Akufo-Addo to deny the allegation.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the video in circulation was recorded in 2016 and was a donation towards Akufo-Addo’s campaign.
About the video
Two video clips with the same setting and scenery but with different narrations are currently in circulation, stoking a conversation about whether or not President Nana Akufo-Addo has gone against his pledge to not condone in any act of corruption.
One of the files which sought to suggest Akufo-Addo’s incorruptible tag was a mere gimmick, forms part of a forty-minute supposed investigative piece by the Salis Newspaper that uncovers how the President was influenced with an amount of $40,000 concealed in a brown envelope to ignore corruption and NDC affiliation claims against Director of the Department of Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu.
In the said video, Alhaji Abass, according to the narrator, sent a delegation to the President in his private residence in Nima. “They were led to the president by Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr Adjei Bawuah. In his company were a woman and a man who were introduced as wife and brother of the Director of Urban Roads.”
A voice purported to be the man introduced as the brother of Alhaji Abass, is heard pleading with the President to pay deaf ears to some allegations against Alhaji Abass, stressing it is a plot by detractors who are bent on tarnishing his image and eventually seeing him kicked out of office.
Akufo-Addo after the supposed plea for clemency is seen receiving a hefty brown envelope from Ambassador Bawuah which according to the narrator contained $40,000 being presented on behalf of Alhaji Abass. While at it, the voice of the man purported to be the brother of Alhaji Abass is heard stating that the package is from Alhaji Abass who has been advised by some people to take that action or risk removal from office.
“He has been advised by some people to come and see you with money. He says he doesn’t have much except this $40,000. He is pleading with you not to remove him from office. He also assures never to disappoint you if he is maintained.”
A second video, however, suggests otherwise. Although the scene and personalities are same as Salis Newspaper’s, the conversation is entirely different; it’s a donation and not a bribe. The unseen man, who the newspaper in its report claims is the brother of Alhaji Abass, is rather heard discussing how they could assist in the electioneering campaign.
The footage suggests that the three personalities [Ambassador Bawuah, a lady and a man whose face is not captured] had been to Akufo-Addo’s home to offer resources in order to grease the wheels of his campaign.
“Please accept this 40,000 in addition to the t-shirts for now. Later, we will communicate to you how else we can contribute to this,” he said.
It is worth mentioning that in both videos, Akufo-Addo after receiving the envelope requested for a name. He said, “I need to have a name” to which the lady replied, “Hajia Fawzia”. It is unclear what Akufo-Addo needed the name for.