President John Mahama has described as “baseless” the allegation of corruption being leveled against him.
The President has been accused of bribery and corruption by some Ghanaians, including the opposition New Patriotic Party following news reports that he took a car gift from a Burkinabe contractor.
The NPP at a press conference today challenged the President to respond to the issue and clear his name.
“The President who is personally and directly involved in this bribery allegation has thus far refused to speak on matter, choosing, instead, to let his paid spokespersons. My message to His Excellency the President is this: Mr. President, please speak on your own behalf and in your own defense! The giver, your friend, has confessed that he has given his friend in government who has since helped him to secure government contracts a gift of a sports utility vehicle,” the acting chairman of the NPP Freddie Blay stated at the conference.
But responding to the charge, the President told a gathering at Ashaiman during his ‘accounting to the people tour’ of the Greater Accra region that the allegations will not stick because Ghanaians are discerning.
“The allegation of corruption is baseless. Baseless accusations won’t win you the Presidency. Ghanaians are discerning and I believe come November 7, they will make their decision,” he said.
Meanwhile, the youth of the Convention People’s Party have petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the President for accepting a gift from the Burkinabe businessman, an act they say contravenes the 1992 constitution.