Akufo Addo took bribe – NDC insists
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has mounted a strong defence of what it says are ‘indisputable’ evidence that a viral video in which president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is captured taking $40,000 in bribes, was taken in 2017 and aimed at influencing his office.
National Communications Officer of the party Sammy Gyamfi says the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) cannot claim to have presented an original version of the tape, when they were not the ones who filmed the said interaction, in President Akufo-Addo’s Nima office.
At a press conference in Accra Friday, the NDC National Communications Officer said the party stands by its position that the video was taped by a card-bearing member of the NPP, who worked with investigative firm Tiger Eye PI.
The NDC says the wife of a John Mahama appointee could not have donated funds and T-shirts to an opposition candidate.
Sammy Gyamfi’s comments come after the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has said no attempt to discredit President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ahead of the elections by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will work.
Mr Arhin in a Facebook post said: “Facts will always remain facts, and any attempts at falsehoods, lies and fabrications will be exposed.”
He added: “According to Alfred Obgamey, there is a picture of Nana Akufo Addo and Angela Merkel, which, according to his checks from ‘GBC’s news footage’, indicates that the picture was taken in February 2017. This, for him, lends credence to the fact that the doctored video was taken in 2017, when Nana Akufo-Addo became President.
“Someone should tell Alfred Ogbamey that that picture, which I have attached to this post and can be seen in the video, was taken in June 2012. Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied on that visit by the late Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Saratu Atta, Herbert Krapa, amongst others.
“Indeed, in May 2015, Nana Akufo-Addo, again, met with Chancellor Merkel. When he became President, Nana Akufo-Addo’s first trip to Germany was in June 2017. Facts will always remain facts, and any attempts at falsehoods, lies and fabrications will be exposed.”