Nana Akufo Addo has been dragged to the high court for allegedly keeping a state vehicle for his private use.
Two members of pressure group Inside Ghana have filed a suit against the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for failing to pay the sum of Ghc798,000 for the 19 months that he used two state vehicles after leaving office.
The plaintiffs in the case are Alex Doe and George Spencer Quaye. They filed the case at an Accra High Court on Wednesday April 8, 2015.
They are praying the Court to compel the former Attorney General to cough up the said fee for the entire period for which he used the two four-wheelers after leaving office in 2007 to pursue his presidential ambition.
In the middle of March this year, the group issued a statement threatening to resort to Court to retrieve the money if Akufo-Addo failed to pay the money after an ultimatum.
In the March 16 statement signed by the group’s convener, Spencer Quaye, Inside Ghana said: “Nana Addo must pay the sum of Ghc798,000 in the coming days for keeping state vehicles for 19 months after standing down as Foreign Affairs Minister in 2007 to contest the NPP flagbearership which he subsequently won, or face a court action.”
“Our investigations have revealed that Hon. Nana Addo used the said vehicles during his campaign tour in the NPP contest and again during the 2008 general elections.
“We find his conduct quite unfortunate, unprofessional, putrid and unpardonable,” the group said.
According to the statement, “This singular act of his is synonymous to corruption and stealing from the public purse, and as a pressure group, failure to take up this challenge will be tantamount to dereliction of our duty as good citizens of the nation.”
The group said after stepping down from office in July 2007, the former Attorney general “failed to hand over his 2 official 4×4 vehicles he was using at the time as a Minister and took them home.”
“Our investigation points to the fact that Hon Nana Akufo Addo did not only keep the two 4×4 vehicles in his custody but used them during his campaign tour for close to 2 years, returning them in February, 2009, 2 months after losing the 2008 general elections.
“The said vehicles are: a Nissan Patrol with registration number GT 5621 T and a Toyota Land Cruiser GT 1983 X. Documents available to Inside Ghana indicate the vehicles were returned in a bad state with the Nissan Patrol having a battery discharge problem while the Toyota Land Cruiser had faulty starter brushes, which were both repaired at the expense of the taxpayer.
“We are therefore by this press release urging him to settle the above mentioned amount to the State as cost for keeping (hiring) the 2 vehicles at a cost of $200/day for each vehicle for 19 months at an exchange rate of GHS 3.5.
“Inside Ghana urges Hon Nana Akufo Addo to treat this as urgent and take immediate steps to settle the State or face a civil court action,” the group added.
It stated that: “We would also like to assure well-meaning Ghanaians that all ex-Ministers who engaged in this malodorous conduct in the erstwhile administration will be exposed in the coming weeks and face similar consequence. Our ongoing investigations are startling and show an appalling abuse of State resources by government appointees long after they have left office.
"We commend OccupyGhana for beginning this fight and call on other civil society organisations and pressure groups to join us in the fight against corruption and abuse of State resources by government appointees long after they have left office.”