Many prominent Ghanaian mouths have refused to allow Mahama’s Ford gift saga to be laid to rest….
This time around, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate for Ofoase Ayirebi constituency, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is calling on the parliament to carry out proper investigations on Mahama’s Ford gift matter, to find out the truth and subsequently, deal with the President accordingly.
Oppong Nkrumah made these statement on Tuesday, while speaking on the Point Blank segment of Eyewitness News.
Mr Nkrumah expressed dismay over the failure of some concerned persons, including the clergy to speak up nor act on the matter. According to him, the President admitted to accepting a gift from a contractor which majority of the people deem a bribe. For him, the matter should not be left to die down just like that.
However, he said that he is not of the opinion that Mahama be judged based on one man’s findings or opinion, but that thorough investigations be carried out by the parliament to ascertain if the president breached the constitution as regards the gift.
He emphasized the need for the truth to be found out, after which the President should be acquitted or rather sanctioned according to specifications of the law. He said that the President should never be allowed to skip any punishment due for his offence if he is eventually found guilty, including impeachment.
Stressing the need for a parliamentary probe over Mahama’s Ford gift allegations, Mr Nkrumah complained that the parliament have not exercised their full authority as regards the matter.
Oppong Nkrumah further pointed out that, where it to be in other developed democratic countries, President Mahama would never have escaped probing. Using America as a point of reference, he insisted that carrying out a proper investigation on the matter is the right thing to do as there are many questions to it that needs answers.
We would still recall that Mr Nkrumah is not the only person from the opposition parties who had called for the President’s sanctioning, or possibly, impeachment over the car gift bribery allegations. The Minority MPs had called for Mahama’s impeachment for allegedly being guilty of corrupt acts. Most of the President’s accusers had always quoted Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution and section 21(b) of the Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2013 respectively, against Mahama.
The former states that, “A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of his office,” while the later says: “A public officer many not “ accept a gift, favour or an advantage that has the potential to influence the proper discharge of the public officer’s functions or judgment, from a person with whom the public officer comes into contact in relation to the public officer’s functions.”
However, the Majority MPs have vowed never to allow Mahama to be probed by the parliament. They said they will do all they could to see that the proposal is never approved. The President on his own part has openly trashed all the allegations, describing them as ‘baseless rumours’ from people who wants to undermine the possibility of him winning in the upcoming elections.
Howbeit, we’ll wait and see if the constant call for a probe will be heed by the parliament. We are sure to keep you updated with any current information on the matter.