Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, has aplogised to President Nana Akufo-Addo following the Number 12 undercover documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which exposed his questionable dealings.
“I hereby apologise unreservedly to the father of the nation, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, H.E. the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Hon. Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State for indiscretion in associating them with the private conversations on the video,” Mr Nyantakyi noted in a statement on Friday 8 June 2018.
According to him, he “committed series of errors of indiscretion” in “private discussions I had with ‘scammers’ who deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country”.
“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.”
“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 wrong doing for issues on the video,” Mr Nyantakyi said in a statement sent to the GFA General Secretary on Friday.
The Number 12 documentary exposed gross graft within the GFA characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery.
Mr Nyantakyi has been implicated in the said video.
Mr Nyantakyi is currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service for collecting bribe and also using the names of President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to solicit bribes.
In the undercover piece, he said: “We will take over the whole country”, once the so-called investors brought millions of dollars to bribe the president, vice-president and some officials at the presidency.
Government has dissolved the GFA as a result of the rot unearthed by the documentary.