The claim by the disqualified flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga that he spent a whopping $6million on his campaign was a “slip of tongue,” the party has said.
“When Dr. Hassan Ayariga said the party had spent so much, the man wanted to say in cedi but just a slip of tongue. That’s what I know as a fact. I’m the General Secretary of the party and I will tell you the facts…,” Rasak Poku, the APC’s General Secretary said.
Ayariga speaking on Starr Chat recently in the aftermath of his disqualification from contesting the presidential race by the Electoral Commission due to anomalies with his nomination forms, said he was angered with his disqualification after spending $6million on campaign activities.
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) upon hearing the claim wrote to him to demand his source of funding by close of day Wednesday October 26.
In his reaction to the EOCO invitation, Mr. Poku told Accra FM that Ayariga’s comment was nothing but a mistake.
“It’s a slip of tongue, nobody is perfect, no matter what; you can have a slip of tongue but when you have that slip of tongue, a sensible person will tell you that it was just an error, it was a mistake and this is what I intended to say and that is what I’m telling you that it wasn’t in dollars because in Ghana we don’t [spend] dollars, we [spend] cedis,” he said.
He continued that “So, Dr. Hassan Ayariga as serious as he is, there is no way he will quote a foreign currency knowing very well in Ghana we don’t [spend] foreign currency but in Ghana we [spend] Cedis, so everything he said was in Cedis but because he has lived outside for a very long time, sometimes he mistakenly quotes their currencies, and because he also has businesses outside Ghana, sometimes he might mistakenly quote some of their currencies but he wanted to say Cedis.”
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