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General News Thu, 23 Jun 2016

Mahama goofed in response to bribery allegation - Lawyer

A renowned constitutional lawyer and a Senior Lecturer at Ghana School of Law, Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang has described President John Mahama’s response to the Ford Expedition controversy as not a mark of good “statesmanship”.

According to him, the first gentleman of the land must not react or respond to issues of allegations in that harsh manner.

“It’s very sad to hear the way our president responded to the people who gave him the mandate in such manner,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed the way the president addressed the issue when he got the opportunity to speak to the issue,” the legal practitioner stated.

Lawyer Opoku Agyeman was speaking on Wednesday on Adom FM’s current affairs programmer “Burning Issues” hosted by Afia Pokua.

“We should call a spade a spade and stop doing cover up, a bribe is a bribe period,” Lawyer Opoku Agyemang stressed.

“It’s the call for to investigate him over the allegations baseless, or what is baseless about legitimate questions been asked by the general public about the issue is baseless?” He questioned.

“It’s baseless that his Burkinabe friend Mr. Djibril Kanazoe gave him Ford Expedition or what is baseless at all about the issue?” He quizzes.

“It’s baseless that he received the car; it’s baseless that he gave his friend a contract, it’s baseless that we paid duties on the car,” lawyer Opoku Agyemang asked.

“We’re not children in the country; if you’re a president and addressing the people you just don’t say the allegation is baseless without giving any credence to what you say,” he advised.

The legal practitioner’s comment follows a statement by President John Mahama describing as “baseless” the allegation of corruption being levelled against him.

The President has been accused of bribery and corruption by some Ghanaians, including the opposition New Patriotic Party following a report by JOY NEWS’s Manasseh Azure Awuni that he took a car gift from a Burkinabe contractor.

The NPP at a press conference challenged the President to respond to the issue and clear his name.

But responding to the charge, 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.

Currently, the youth of the Convention People's Party have petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the President for accepting a gift from the Burkinabe businessman, an act they say contravenes the 1992 constitution.

But lawyer Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang said the president should tell the nation the whole truth about the issues regarding the Ford Expedition.

Source: adomonline.com
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