Amma Busia, a former member of the Council of State, says nobody can trap President Akufo-Addo with money.
Speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on Sunday Night, Asaase Radio’s flagship interview programme, Amma Busia said: “I have known Nana for years. If you want to trap Nana it’s not money, there might be other things but it’s definitely not money. He doesn’t even like handling money …
“What Nana does for people, a bribe of US$40,000 is like a drop in the ocean. Nana has sacrificed everything for politics, and I’m not surprised that at the tail end he is where he is.”
Before the 7 December election, there was a doctored video in circulation on social media suggesting that President Akufo-Addo had taken a bribe.
The doctored footage, cut and primed for broadcasting on TV and unleashing on social media, showed a woman visiting Akufo-Addo in his office at his home in Accra to “make a donation”.
She handed over a bulky brown envelope containing cash amounting to what the person who seemed secretly to be filming the scene described as US$40,000.
In the doctored footage, the voice of the person apparently behind the camera on the day describes the woman’s husband, a senior public servant.
The woman is visiting Akufo-Addo on his behalf, says the voice in the version of the clip made for circulation as fake news, because his career is in danger under the New Patriotic Party government.
Akufo-Addo eagerly accepts the donation and notes details of the sum and the benefactor’s name in a log book.
The voice implies that Akufo-Addo has accepted a bribe to use his influence as the president of the Republic of Ghana to ensure that her family’s interests are protected.
“The first time I heard about it I was really shocked,” Amma Busia said.
But whoever had tried to present the clip as evidence that Akufo-Addo is corrupt had failed, she argued, quizzing: “Who will take bribe and take pen and paper to write it?” The video, she argued, “doesn’t make any sense”.
One-on-one is trouble
Amma Busia said there should be other ways in which political parties solicit funds so that monies do not go directly to presidential candidates, because: “It opens avenues for people who want to put you into trouble … But if there is an office set up for this I think that it will help.
“So that nothing goes to the candidate straight and because of that nobody will have the opportunity of embarrassing the presidential candidate.
“So I think next time, a committee must be set up to deal with it,” she said.