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Mahama responds to corruption allegations

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) at a press conference on Wednesday asked President John Mahama to comment on the $100, 000 Ford Expedition car saga.

 
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His comments come on the wake of a controversy surrounding a Ford Expedition car gift given to him by a Burkinabe contractor which some have described as a bribe.

Acting National Chairman of the party Freddie Blay said the president’s long silence is rather worrying since he ordinarily would have responded to other issues at the slightest opportunity if it wasn’t a corruption allegation against him.

But in a response, the President told a gathering at Ashaiman during his ‘Accounting to the People tour’ of the Greater Accra region that “Baseless accusations won’t win you the Presidency. Ghanaians are discerning and I believe come November 7, they will make their decision.”

Some sections of Ghanaians have expressed anger over reports that President Mahama was given a brand new Ford Expedition in 2012 by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe who won the bid to construct the $650,000 Ghana Embassy Wall in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

Many anti-corruption campaigners have slammed the president for what they describe as his disregard for the guidelines on conflict of interest in accepting the vehicle gift.

However, Government in a statement issued by Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah said even though the car was received, it had nothing to do with the contract awarded.

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