President John Mahama, as vice president, diverted into private pockets, an amount of $13million which local oil firm E.O. Group agreed to pay to the government of Ghana for the development of the Western Region as part of the Group’s “corporate social responsibility” and as a condition precedent to President John Mills’ signing of the executive consent to permit the Group to assign its $300million shares to Tullow Oil, former Attorney General Martin Amidu has revealed.
In a long article to adduce evidence about Mr Mahama’s corrupt tendencies, Mr Amidu said instead of having the $13million paid to the state, Mr Mahama, as vice president, ordered that the money be paid into “private pockets.”
“John Mahama is not a newcomer to the corrupt practice of aiding the looting of the public purse. As a condition for President Mills signing the controversial executive consent to permit the E.O. Group to assign its $300million shares to Tullow, the E.O. Group agreed to pay $13million to the Government for the development of the Western Region, and they called it corporate social responsibility.
“It was John Mahama (as the Vice President) who orchestrated the unlawful deal which I refused to endorse as the Attorney General at the time. It was Mahama who ensured that the $13million was paid not to the Government of Ghana for the benefit of the people, but into private pockets – which the late President Mills was shocked to hear shortly before his death.
“So what is the talk of anti-corruption by this incumbent President Mahama? During his tenure, Ben Kumbour who succeeded me as Attorney General refused to give the indemnity that was demanded from me by this President (then as Vice President).
“The indemnity was given in December 2014 when the late Miss Aikins (who was DPP when I was Attorney General) was ordered to produce that criminal case docket I had left in her custody to an officer of the Attorney General’s office upon the instructions of this President. We are told this President is incorruptible? Tell it to the marines,” Mr Amidu said.