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Agyapa deal: NDC threatens ‘Y3 gye y3 sika’ demonstration

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will embark on a series of protests and legal actions over the Agyapa deal

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is threatening to embark on a massive demonstration dubbed, “Y3 gye y3 sika”, to demand all monies paid in connection with the Agyapa Royalties deal.

It has given the government a seven-day ultimatum to refund those monies, else it will resort to the courts to retrieve the funds for the nation.

The General Secretary of the main opposition party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, made the announcement at a news conference in Accra on Tuesday.

“The NDC hereby demands, that President Akufo-Addo retrieves for the state the billions of cedis his government has illegally paid under the shady “Agyapa” deal,… within the next 7 days, failing which the NDC and other like-minded progressive forces, shall embark on a series of protests and legal actions to ensure that every pesewa paid to these companies are refunded back to the State for nation building,” the general secretary served notice.

Nketiah also warned that anyone found culpable after investigation into the Agyapa deal under an NDC administration will be punished.

He said: “We must serve notice, that this “Agyapa” like other similar corrupt acts of the Akufo-Addo government, will not go unpunished. We have just about twenty-seven days to Vote for Change like the Americans have done. The new government of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the NDC “Insha Allah”, shall investigate this “Agyapa” robbery and punish all the culprits and masterminds behind it through the Operation Sting crusade. Let it be known that crime has no expiry date.”

Vindication

The NDC maintained it has been vindicated by the outcome of the special prosecutor’s corruption risk assessment report that the Agyapa deal was a bad one.

President Akufo-Addo two weeks ago directed Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Finance, to head back to Parliament with the Agyapa Royalties deal for further scrutiny after receiving a corruption risk assessment report from the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu.

According to the report, “the process of the selection of the transaction adviser (s) disclosed a reasonable suspicion of bid-rigging and corrupt activity including the potential for illicit financial flows and money laundering.”

Fred Dzakpata

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