The Deputy General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has dared President Mahama to prove that allegations of impropriety leveled against him in the Ford Expedition car 'gift' saga are indeed baseless.
According to Nana Obiri Boahen, by personally calling to thank the Burkinabe contractor for giving him a Ford Expedition vehicle, President Mahama acknowledged that it was a personal gift, which gives rise to a potential conflict of interest situation.
He believes the Ford Expedition vehicle was registered in the President’s name and not the State as has been reported by the Minister for Communications, and is demanding a thorough enquiry into the whole saga.
President John Dramani Mahama has come under intense public bashing for accepting the car gift worth about US$100,000 from a Burkinabe contractor, allegedly to influence him.
The Burkinabe, Djibril Kanazoe, has admitted giving President Mahama a Ford Expedition vehicle, for which the President called to thank him.
The gift, according to reports, was presented prior to an attempt by the contractor, to win a bid to execute the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road construction project. He duly won it, but has since withdrwan following the public outcry over the vehicle.
Djibril Kanazoe had also been contracted to build a wall, at a cost of over half a million dollars, for the Ghana Embassy in Ouagadougou.
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has already received two petitions over the matter; from the youth league of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and a private individual.
CHRAJ has indicated that it has initiated steps that could lead to an investigation of President John Mahama, following the receipt of the petitions accusing him of conflict of interest.
Responding to the claims, the President told a gathering at Ashaiman during his ‘Accounting to the people Tour’ of the Greater Accra region that the allegations will not stick because Ghanaians are discerning.
"The allegation of corruption is baseless. Baseless accusations won’t win you the Presidency. Ghanaians are discerning and I believe come November 7, they will make their decision," he said.
But Nana Obiri Boahen, describing the president as "fantastically corrupt", opined that Ghanaians prefer British Colonial rule to the current NDC administration led by President John Dramani Mahama.
“If a president is taking Ford vehicle as a gift then what should a minister or an MP take. If you claim the allegations are baseless, prove to us that they are indeed baseless.
“If we still have this type of mediocre leadership, then it is better we allow the whites to rule us because Mahama is fantastically corrupt” he insisted.