General News of Wednesday, 16 December 2015
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo has dismissed claims on social media that his medical bills are paid by Ibrahim Mahama, brother of President John Mahama.
Reports are making rounds on various social media platforms that the President’s brother has claimed in an interview with Accra-based Okay FM that he foots the medical bills of the former attorney general.
But in a statement Wednesday, the NPP flagbearer said even though he is unable to verify the veracity of the claims, he wants to state on record that the E&P Chief Executive does not pay any of his bills.
Below are details of the statement by the office Nana Addo
The attention of the Office of Nana Akufo-Addo has been drawn to a false publication making the rounds on social media, and being discussed on some radio stations, titled “IBRAHIM MAHAMA CHARGE’S ON OKAY FM, TODAY”.
The statements in the publication have been attributed to Ibrahim Mahama, after an interview he granted Okay FM, on Wednesday, December 16, amongst which he is alleged to have stated that “I pay all the monthly medical bills of Akufo Addo, why won’t they sack him rather?” Additionally, it is claimed that Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has donated vehicles to the NPP flagbearer and his wife.
We have painstakingly listened to the audio of the interview granted by Mr. Mahama this morning, and nowhere in the interview did he make these false claims, which are being attributed to him. Indeed, nowhere in the 20 minute long interview did he even mention the name of Nana Akufo-Addo.
For the avoidance of doubt, we want to state that Ibrahim Mahama does not pay Nana Akufo-Addo medical bills, let alone pay them on a monthly basis. Mr. Ibrahim Mahama makes no contribution of any sort whatsoever to the Akufo-Addo’s. Again, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has not donated any vehicles to the NPP flagbearer or to his wife.
Clearly, these diversionary tactics are being employed by the NDC to draw the public’s attention away from the numerous corruption scandals, the latest being the AMERI deal, that continue to rock the administration of President Mahama.
We will rather appeal to the general public to ignore, once again, this false story. Ghanaians want practical remedies to the hardships they have been plunged into, and not practical, ugly jokes thrown in the public arena in the forlorn hope of diverting attention from the crass incompetence, economic hardships and widespread unemployment being endured under this current administration.