The National Democratic Congress, is leaving no stone unturned in bringing to the fore all the architects behind the stinking "Agyapa" Royalties Deal.
This time, the party has turned its guns on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, accusing him of being the chief mastermind behind the shady deal.
In the analysis of the NDC, the President himself blessed the deal from day one by giving an executive approval, as well as doing nothing to his cousin, the Finance Minister, whose complicity in many dark deals, has not been in doubt, including the Agyapa agreement.
Making the accusations at the 16th edition of its weekly press conference at the party headquarters in Accra, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said the President is the enabler and chief promoter of corruption in his administration
"The fact that President Akufo-Addo himself blessed this shady "Agyapa" deal from the beginning and continues to affirm his confidence in his cousin the Finance Minister, even in the face of overwhelming evidence of corruption against him, speaks to his complicity in this whole "Agyapa" scam", he pointed out.
"The evidence shows that, President Akufo-Addo, was the very person who approved the stinking Agyapa deal and supervised the illegal payments made to companies owned by his cousins and their cronies, in flagrant violation of our laws and against the national interest. President Akufo-Addo, was the chief mastermind and promoter of the shady Agyapa deal, hence cannot be trusted to bring his accomplices like Ken Ofori Atta and Charles Adu Boahen to book", he stressed.
For the fact that nepotism and cronyism are bedfellows, the General Secretary was of the view that the President's family and friends occupying various key positions within his government and the state machinery, will make him lack the moral high ground to stem the tide of corruption and malfeasance that have engulfed his government.
"The NPP Majority caucus in Parliament used their numbers to railroad an illegality in support of the family and friends' cabal at the helm of affairs today. Now, here we are, with President Akufo-Addo yet again trying to shift blame, by shamelessly directing the deal to go back to Parliament. Why should a bill which emanated from the Executive and passed unanimously by the majority caucus in Parliament, now be portrayed as though it was an error of judgement on the part of Parliament? Friends, we are sorry to disappoint President Akufo-Addo, but there is absolutely no way he can exculpate himself from blame in this "Agyapa" matter", he further insisted.
The findings of Procurement rigging, fraud, potential money laundering and corruption, according to Mr Nketiah, border on serious offenses that cannot be remedied by any Parliamentary review of the deal as is being urged on us by President Akufo-Addo.
Advancing some more analysis to show that President Akufo-Addo, is neck deep in this deal ,the NDC Chief Scribe, wondered and described as most bizarre, why the official response to the verdict of the Special Prosecutor by the President was for the nation to defer proceedings on the "Agyapa" deal to after the elections.
" To all intents and purposes, ladies and gentlemen, President Akufo-Addo has not given up on the Agyapa deal, neither is he a man who is interested in safeguarding state resources and promoting the collective good of the Ghanaian people. He doesn't care about you and I. All our President dreams about, is four more years to steal more; four more years to promote cronyism and shady nepotistic deals like the Agyapa deal; and four more years to advance his family's rape of the nation's resources" ,he submitted.
The NDC he said demands, that President Akufo retrieves for the state the billions of cedis his government has illegally paid under the shady "Agyapa" deal to Databank, which is owned by his cousin and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta; African Legal Associates, which is owned by another cousin of his, Gabby Otchere Darko; and their foreign compradors, within the next 7 days, failing which the NDC and other like-minded progressive forces, shall embark on series of protest and legal actions to ensure that every pesewa paid to these companies are refunded back to the State for nation building.