The Editor-in -Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper Comrade Kwaku Baako today on Kwami Sefa Kayi’s morning show “kokrooko”, disclosed that the President and his team ordered the CID to invite Mr Nyantekyi over allegations he made against the President and his Vice on Anas’s video because of a statement Kwami Sefa Kayi made on his show last Monday. Kwami on the said programme, hinted the President is implicated by Nyantakyi’s utterance captured on the video. Mr Baako told the host that he vehemently protested against the decision to invite the GFA boss because of the agreement Tiger Eye and the President had agreed on before the video was released. He said the President and his team failed to honour their side of the agreement by hurriedly requesting the CIA to invite Nyantakyi before the full content (video) is shown to the public. The video is said to contain conversations that incriminate several leading politicians, sports administrators etc in the country. Mr Nyantakyi was captured on the video telling a group of Moroccan investors that the President and the Vice are in his pocket and can easily be manipulated through financial inducement. He said $5million bribe to the President and $3million to the Vice could seal all deals for the investors. The magnitude of the allegation and its potential consequences on the President’s image was what triggered the decision to breach the earlier agreement between and Tiger Eye. The President’s action has caused serious rift between Tiger Eye and BBC partnered Tiger Eye in that convert operation. The President’s approval ratings have fallen to single digit, the economy remains mired in recession and nurses, commercial drivers, workers recently organised demonstrations in protest at his austerity measures, bad policies and failure to fulfil promises he made prior to the 2016 elections. The possibility of Ghana unseating another President has moved closer. These and other factors forced the President and his team to hurriedly order the CID to invite the GFA boss. It is not the first time President Akufo-Addo and his Vice have been linked to bravery and extortion. Expatriate businessmen were asked to pay between $25,000 and $100,000 to sit on the same table or close to the President during a recently held ceremony for the expatriates business community in Ghana. A leading member of the ruling party and chief financier of the party Hon. Kennedy Agypong revealed people who request to see the President, pay between $20,000 and $30,000 to Gabby Otchere-Darko before he grants them entry permission. One of the President’s confidants, A-Plus on his facebook wall, disclosed that corruption has become a normal practice at the presidency and mentioned the two deputy chiefs of state as leading culprits.
Majority of Ghanaians interviewed by some leading radio stations and news portals in the capital, claimed that Nyantakyi’s invitation was a move a cover up. Others said, it was a diversionary move to shift the public’s attention from the controversial NCA contract deal.
Anti corruption crusaders have demanded probe of the alleged bribes taking allegation by Nyantakyi as well as alleged fraud and corruption facilitation inside the presidency. They said such inquest, will not only expose humongous corruption but also reduce the speed at which the President’s image is sinking in Ghana, and at the global level.
The President did not order the police CID to investigate the FA boss over corruption allegations. He acted on the portion that incriminate him and his Vice. The Ghanaian system of government is borrowed from that of the United States fused with aspects of the British system. It is built on a system of separation of powers between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. None is allowed to overrule the powers of the other. There are a number of checks and balances designed to ensure that the President does not become imperious and dictatorial. There is no doubt that the President is the most powerful single individual in government. Nevertheless, the exercise of his powers is subject to constraints. He cannot order for the arrest of Nyantakyi based on what is captured on tape. The President himself and his Vice must be invited by the police for questioning over the scary allegation made against them by the FA boss.