The latest development on the car gift controversy is that Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom’s Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has called on Mahama to step down as President.
The debate on whether Mahama broke the law by accepting the controversial car gift from renowned Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanzoe continues. The latest development on the car gift controversy is that Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom’s Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has called on Mahama to step down as President.
Speaking to Citi News after a press briefing, the party chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, said that the President had brought shame to himself and his government. He said that the president should tend in his resignation or face a possible legal action from his party which will compel him to do so.
Mr Hammond explained that political bigwigs of such status should know that it is not ideal for people in their position to collect certain gifts.
There have been massive criticisms against the President following a discovery from a Joy FM investigation, that he accepted a car gift worth over $100,000 from a Burkinabe contractor.
The gift has been argued to be a form of bribe by the contractor to influence Mahama into awarding juicy contracts to him, including the bid to execute the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road construction project. The PPP has also argued that Mahama’s acceptance of the gift prior to the award of a contract to the contractor is in violation of Ghana’s constitution.
Government in reaction to the hovering back lash has rejected allegations of any wrongdoing by the President for collecting the gift, especially as it was just added to the government’s pool of vehicles. But the minority MPs had hinted at a possible impeachment process against him. The MPs also have strong beliefs that the car gift was a bribe to Mahama to sway him into giving out million dollar contracts to Djibril Kanzoe.