The Communication Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), says the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) was desperately trying to draw the NPP into the Woyome scandal but adds it will fail.
Nana Akomea told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday that Sunday’s arrest by police of former Deputy Education and Sports Minister O. B. Amoah in connection with the controversial GH¢51 million judgment debt award to businessman Alfred Woyome was simply “a ruse by the NDC to involve NPP in the criminal payment of our money to Woyome.”
He said there was no basis for the arrest especially when lawyers of Mr Amoah had, like Betty Mould Iddrisu, written to the police to express his willingness to assist with any investigations the police may wish to conduct into the matter.
The NPP Member of Parliament for Aburi/Nsawam was picked up late Sunday night by the police and charged with corruption and willfully causing financial loss to the state.
Sources say Mr Woyome’s bank accounts details show Mr Amoah received some money from the embattled businessman.
But Nana Akomea said it was difficult to reconcile the police’s latest action with the interim report of the Economic and Organised Crimes Office which stated without equivocation that Woyome had no contract with the government of Ghana and that he procured the judgment debt award through fraud.
Assuming records show Woyome donated money to O.B. Amoah, he surmised, how did that influence the payments to Woyome?
For him, it was strange that former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Betty Mould Iddrisu who authorized the unlawful payments and the Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor who made the payments against the directives of the president – as was claimed by EOCO in its interim report – were still walking free when O.B. Amoah who played no role at all in the payment had been arrested.
“O.B. Amoah was never involved in any process involving Woyome,” he stated, insisting that the former Deputy Education and Sports Minister at all material moments for the purposes of the judgment debt saga dealt specifically with Waterville and not Woyome.
To arrest O.B. Amoah, therefore, he believes, was unjust and unfair and the NPP will give him all the needed support, because supporting him does not vitiate from the party’s resolve not to back any member who has been involved in any wrongdoing.
Source: Joy Online