The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, says if he returns to power, he will implement recommendations of the former special prosecutor on the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.
He said the only thing that will save those who have been found culpable in the corruption risk assessment report by the special prosecutor is for them to “return the money before the NDC is sworn into office on 7 January 2021”.
Mahama announced on Saturday when he addressed NDC supporters at Bosomkyekye in the Mampong constituency as part of his campaign tour of the Ashanti Region. He claimed that despite promising not to run a government of family and friends, President Akufo-Addo has packed his government with members of his family and friends, hence the “unprecedented level of corruption in the Akufo-Addo government”.
“They are trying to offload Ghana’s mining royalties through a shady deal called Agyapa and when we complained, they decided to hold on,” Mahama said.
He added: “But now what we are being told is that, the president has directed that the deal be taken back to parliament and I know they will not succeed. Because the NDC is going to win this election and immediately after the victory, those people who have looted money from Agyapa should quickly return our money. Otherwise, we will work with the recommendations of the special prosecutor.”
Mahama said the next NDC government will institute concrete measures, including Operation Sting, to fight corruption.
Upper East Region tour
Meanwhile, Mahama, on Sunday arrived in the Upper East regional capital, Bolgatanga, to begin a three-day campaign tour.
This follows a successful campaign tour of the Ashanti Region, which ended on Sunday (22 November). While in the Upper East Region, Mahama will address members and supporters of the NDC in various constituencies.
He will hold a number of community engagements and address durbars. He will also highlight his plan to create jobs, implement free primary health care, roll out free technical and vocational education and training (T-VET) and a state-sponsored national apprenticeship programme.