General News of Sunday, 24 December 2017
President Akufo Addo has stated that attempts by his political opponents to brand his government as corrupt will not distract his vision for the country.
He indicated that he suspected there have “been systematic efforts to try and stigmatise [his] government with corruption.”
Addressing scores of people at Kyebi in the Eastern Region, the president alluded to the various corruption allegations including the bribery scandal involving the Energy Minister, the A-Plus corruption scandal and the recent extortion allegations levelled against the Trade and Industry Ministry as attempts to tarnish and distract the government.
“Boakye Agyarko [the Energy Minister] went for vetting at parliament and was accused of bribery. We looked into it and it was spurious. It was a lie. There was no truth whatsoever in it.” “There are two hard working men in my office who were accused of corruption – my two deputies. The CID looked into it but there was nothing. CHRAJ, with a boss John Mahama appointed, also looked into the allegations but there was nothing there.”
“Now there a saying Alan Kyerematen also went and extorted money but we looked into it and there is nothing there… The desperate effort to stigmatise my government with corruption is not going to work,” the president added.
President Akufo-Addo also had some words for the opposition National Democratic Congress saying Ghanaians would again vote based on performance and not talk.
” I recently heard the NDC says they will also enjoy my policies and work on it, if they believe the policies are good then why are they complaining, inform them to stop talking because the talk will not bring them back to power but votes will and I want to let them know Ghanaians will always vote on performance so they should let their talking reflect in their performances.”