Anas Expose: Group Calls Prez To Speak Against Allegation
A public advocacy group, Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa (STRANEK), has called on President Akufo-Addo to speak on allegations levelled against him in the Anas’ ‘Number 12’ documentary.
The policy think tank deems the allegations very as damning and could put the president’s office into disrepute.
In a statement signed and issued yesterday by Nii Tettey Tetteh, Executive Director of STRANEK, he said “In as much as Ghana Football Association (GFA) rot is quite troublesome, we are more worried about the allegations against H.E. the President and it is trite knowing that guards were not over the mouth of the GFA President leading him to say things which meant that he was really informed about the operations and private life of H.E. the President.”
The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, in a meeting with Anas’ Tiger Eye PI collaborators, who posed as businessmen, was captured soliciting sums of money on behalf the President.
He is reported to have said: “I know for a fact that Nana Addo sold his properties to win the elections so his family is very broke. His brothers are always asking for money, therefore, the $5 million will ease the burden.”
However, President Akufo-Addo, in his response to Nyantakyi’s claims in the recording, said he “knows nothing” and is “astonished” by the claims.
Meanwhile, the policy think tank believes the statement made by Nyantakyi meant he was well informed about the operations and private life of the President.
“Firstly, is it true the President sold all his properties in order to finance his campaign as alleged in the exposé? Secondly, if it is true, how many properties did he sell? Thirdly, is it true efforts are being made to recoup the properties as alleged in the exposé and how is the President going to do that?” he quizzed.
He mentioned that the Presidents denial in the documentary is not enough to excuse him from the allegations.
“The President must address the people of Ghana and cause all parties mentioned in the allegations to face the full rigors of law as his integrity is at stake.
Meanwhile, the group is calling for the passage of a bill to ensure that political parties are funded. This, they believe, would prevent politicians from stealing the tax payer’s money.
“STRANEK is of the view that, it is time to pass a bill that will fund political parties and prevent them from spending beyond a certain limit as is done in the United Kingdom, Sweden among other countries. Campaign funds should be apportioned to political parties based on the electoral votes they get from previous elections.”
By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum