A member of the opposition New Patriotic Party's [NPP] Communication Team says the Interim Report on investigations into the GH¢51 million paid to NDC bankroller, Alfred Agbesi Woyome conducted by the state investigative agency, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), clearly shows President Mills’ complicity in the entire saga.
Mr. Kwabena Sarpong insists the disclosure by the Executive Director of EOCO, Mortey Akpadzi that President Mills, on two occasions asked that Mr. Woyome should not be paid but the directive violated and rebuffed twice and the payments made, indicated that the President has not been honest with the people of Ghana and must be questioned.
The EOCO Boss, on Thursday presented an Interim Report to President Mills which stated that Mr. Woyome manipulated documents and information in order to receive what is now termed as “gargantuan” judgment debts paid to an individual.
The report said Mr. Woyome rode on the negligence and complicity of public officials to dupe the state of “money which he was clearly not entitled to”, adding that an amount of GhC400, 000 was “paid to the wife of Mr. Nerquaye-Tetteh [Chief State Attorney ] on June 16, 2011” but failed to mention reasons behind that payment.
Presenting the Interim Report to President Mills at the Osu, Castle, Mr Akpadzi revealed that President Mills intervened on two occasions to stop the payment of monies to the embattled NDC bankroller, but his directives were spurned by some officials hence the payment of the GhC51 million.
Woyome, meanwhile, is in the grips of the law and has since been in the custody of the Ghana Police Service at its headquarters in Accra. He was arrested on Friday afternoon upon the orders of President John Mills in the interest of the nation, to ensure accountability and also to ensure the culpable punished.
But speaking on OmanFM, the NPP activist demanded from President Mills a public declaration the particular times he made the interventions as stated by the EOCO boss, since revelations have made it amply clear that he (Mills) ‘lied” to Ghanaians when he said he was ignorant of the whole process.
“The EOCO had wanted to paint the president as a good person who tried to halt the payment, but they forgot that the man had already contradicted himself when he stated that he knew nothing about payment. What did he even do when the Auditor-General submitted a report to him?” he quizzed.
Clearly repulsed by the entire Woyome caboodle, Mr Kwabena Sarpong enunciated that had it not been for the constitution, he, together with some of his colleagues in the USA, would have preferred to drown President Mills in the sea instead of attempting to impeach him.
“Just look at how people queued in the hot sun to vote for him to become president. He has even forgotten about the sufferings and toils of Ghanaians and this is what I term as, hypocrisy of the highest level. He shouldn’t even try to organize a press conference on the matter because he would still be lying through his teeth,” he said.
The vociferous NPP activist stressed that but for sheer numbers of the House, the Minority in Parliament would have tried the process of impeaching President Mills because he has shown gross incompetence in the handling of the judgement debt paid to Mr. Woyome, but because it was controlled by a strong Majority the process will be a fruitless venture since it will never favour an opposition party.
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