Flagbearer of the Convention People’s party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has said he will not be forced to join persons accusing President John Mahama of being corrupt following the exposé that he received a Ford Expedition meant to be a gift from a Burkinabe contractor, who benefited from some lucrative contracts from the state.
According to Mr. Greenstreet, he can only make such accusations if there is concrete evidence indicting the President.
“They want me to jump on their bandwagon. I am not an agitator for other people’s political intentions. And we’ve constantly heard the refrain on radio, people are tried on radio and are found guilty even before they have the opportunity to respond….I refuse to be part of a group of people who seek to denigrate individuals…I won’t tell the president he is corrupt unless I have evidence against him,” he added.
Ivor Greenstreet made the comment at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Evening Encounter series on Tuesday, following reports that he disagreed with suggestions the President’s acceptance of the gift constitutes corruption and conflict of interest.
Meanwhile the youth wing of his party, the CPP, has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to investigate issues surrounding the $100,000 dollar ford vehicle donated to the President.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has also called for a parliamentary probe into the matter.
The gift according to reports, was prior to an attempt by the contractor, to win a bid to execute the Dodo Pepesu-Nkwanta road construction project, with many describing the vehicle as a form of bribe.
The same contractor had also been contracted to build a fence wall, at a cost of over half a million dollars, for the Ghana Embassy in Ouagadougou.
But Mr. Greenstreet said his party is yet to officially make a public statement on the matter.
“We are totally against corruption at all levels…and we will ensure all we can to prevent it in our government,” he added.
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