Politics of Monday, 10 February 2020
A Communicator of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Awal Mohammed, has said National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has no credibility to contest for the 2020 elections.
He fingered former President John Dramani Mahama as the “Government Official 1” mentioned in a bribery allegation involving the European aviation giant, Airbus.
“In the face of these facts, President Mahama must come out and be heard publicly about the Airbus scandal,” Awal Mohammed exclusively told Kwaku Dawuro on ‘Medo Ghana’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7
” Mahama has no credibility to contest the 2020 elections, we can’t have a President who is involved in several corruption scandals, this kind of behaviors must not be accepted in this country he must immediately step down as the flagbearer of the NDC,” he added
Airbus entered into a deferred prosecution agreement, with the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which was investigating the company for bribing or failing to prevent corruption in transactions in five countries, including Ghana.
The mention of Ghana in the agreement has sparked a flurry of political activity with the opposition NDC issuing a statement denying that its officials in the erstwhile Mills and Mahama administrations were involved in any corruption with Airbus, which supplied military aircraft to Ghana in 2012.
The deferred prosecution agreement didn’t specifically name any officials who might have been bribed or corrupted during Ghana’s negotiations with Airbus but it refers to personalities involved as Government Official 1 (a high-ranking elected public figure) and Intermediary 5 (a British national and close relative of Government Official 1), among others.