General News of Sat, 9 Jun 201860
I am not guilty although I have apologised - Kwesi Nyantakyi
Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has said, his resignation and apologies rendered to the president and his vice president is not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing.
In his resignation letter, the embattled lawyer said “I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them.
This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video.’’ According to Nyantakyi, he was deceived by the undercover journalists which he described as "scammers", he also apologised to President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Bawumia and the Ministers of state for associating them with the private conversations on the video.
“After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I decided to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association”. “It stemmed out of the controversies generated by investigative report of Tiger Eye PI. In the said report I committed a series of errors of indiscretion.
I gravely associated the highest office of the land –the presidency- with private discussions I had with “Scammers” who deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country.
“I hereby apologise unreservedly to the father of the Nation, H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, H.E. the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, Hon. Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State for indiscretion in associating them with the private conversations on the video.
“I wish to clarify that at no time prior to or subsequent to any deliberations on the video did I consult, contact or inform any Government official about discussions on the video. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video.”
FIFA has also banned Nyantakyi for 90 days and the ban will be extended for 45 days. The duration of the ban by the Ethics Committee of world football governing body may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.
During this time Nyantakyi is banned from all football activities at both national and international level.
The ban comes into force immediately. The decision was taken upon the request of the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into Mr Nyantakyi, pursuant to art. 83 par. 1 and art. 84 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.