Mahama took Ford ‘gift’ on behalf of Ghanaians – NDC

A Deputy Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fred Agbenyo, says President John Mahama accepted the Ford Expedition vehicle, meant as a ‘gift’, on behalf of Ghanaians.

Mr. Agbenyo insisted that “the President didn’t accept that as a gift for himself, he accepted the vehicle for mother Ghana.”

Mr. Agbenyo’s view is however not shared by critics, who have described the President’s acceptance of the Ford gift from the Burkinabe contractor as a careless act that could also constitute bribery.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has already received two petitions over the matter; from the youth league of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and a private individual.

CHRAJ has indicated that it has initiated steps that could lead to an investigation of President John Mahama, following the receipt of the petitions accusing him of conflict of interest.

Following these developments, Mr. Agbenyo said the NDC will comply with any investigation by CHRAJ because “the NDC is a law abiding organization and on any day, we will appear before any committee set up in this county to investigate whatever,” he said.

But the Deputy Communications Director maintained that, the President’s action was done with the nation in mind.

“This vehicle is not parked in President Mahama’s house. The vehicle is for Ghana, he has given the vehicle to Ghana and Ghana has benefited from the vehicle.”

Mr. Agbenyo further slammed as unacceptable the allegations of corruption being made against the President.

According to him, “The noise all over the place creating the impression that some wrong has taken place, that somebody has engaged himself in conflict of interest or some bribery and corruption, I think that it is unacceptable. It is not because we are going for election that people will be throwing anything they think of just like that, people should be a little principled.”