Amma Busia, a former member of the Council of State says nobody can trap President Akufo-Addo with money.
Speaking on the Sunday Night programme with Nana Yaa Mensah, 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.” Amma Busia said she has known President Akufo-Addo for years and he is incorruptible.
Before the 7 December election, there was a doctored video in circulation on social media suggesting that President Akufo-Addo took 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 describes as $40,000.
In the fake news 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, the voice said, because his career was 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 implied that Akufo-Addo has accepted a bribe to use his influence as president of the Republic of Ghana to ensure that her family’s interests are kept safe.
“The first time I heard about it I was really shocked,” Amma Busia said.
She said whoever presented that video as evidence that Akufo-Addo is corrupt, failed, adding, “who will take bribe and take pen and paper to write it.”
She said the video “doesn’t make any sense.”
Amma Busia said there should be other ways in which political parties can solicit funds so that monies would not go directly to the presidential candidates adding “because it opens avenue for people who want to put you into trouble pass through the avenue. 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 added.
Source: Asaaseradio – Accra
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