The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is pointing to ex-president John Dramani Mahama as the government official who masterminded Ghana’s purchase of some aircraft from Airbus.
A Ghanaian official named ‘Government Official 1’ said to be close to the seat of power during the period of 2011-2015, was crucial in Ghana’s purchase of some aircraft from manufacturing giant, Airbus.
Ghana acquired three Airbus C295 between 2011 and 2015 from the company as part of an effort to retool the Ghana Armed Forces.
The first military aeroplane arrived in the country on November 17, 2011, followed by the second on March 19, 2012. The third military plane landed on December 4, 2015, following an announcement by the then President John Mahama that the country would be acquiring an additional C295.
The ‘Government Official 1’ played a lead role in the entire deal, a document by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has revealed.
Although the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – the party that was in power during the period of the scandal – has denied any wrongdoing, the governing NPP is claiming the government official referred to in the document is ex-president Mahama.
NPP Communications Director, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, has challenged the presidential candidate of the NDC to declare his innocence to Ghanaians if he had no hand in the deal.
“He cannot continue to hide behind his party members including a former attorney general. Of course, we are all aware that he hates answering questions on corruption but the answer he must because at this moment all fingers point to him and one of his brothers,” he said at a news conference Monday.