Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe also known as ‘Abronye DC’ has slammed the leadership and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for embarking on an anti-nepotism campaign against the Akufo-Addo administration.
The opposition NDC, on Tuesday, claimed that President Akufo-Addo has turned his government into a family and friends affair.
At a press conference, NDC Communications Director, Sammy Gyamfi named some 51 individuals who he claimed having close and direct relations with the President and have been appointed to positions in his administration.
“…Among Akufo-Addo’s uncountable relatives in government is Nana Asante Bediatuo, his cousin, from Kyebi who serves as his Executive Secretary. Bediatuo is not alone! He is joined in government by his father, Kofi Darko Asante, who chairs the Governing Council of GIMPA, his mother, Mrs Vida Asante, who is the head of the Presidential Household and his brother, Kwesi Kuntu Asante, who sits on the Board of Ghana Hostels. In addition, Nana Asante Bediatuo’s sister, Lauretta Asante (marital name, Otchere), is one of the three Deputy Directors-General at SSNIT who have been appointed by this government.
“Other relatives of President Akufo-Addo who currently occupy various positions in his government include, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance; Samuel Atta Akyea, Works and Housing Minister; and Kwesi Amoako Atta, Minister of Roads and Highways, all of whom are cousins of the President, portion of the statement further read.
Reacting to the claims on UTV, Abronye DC wondered why the NDC would call out family relations of President, stating emphatically that the argument by the opposition party is baseless.
He argued that going by the assertion of the NDC, then the party should desist from using Ghana’s currency because the President has got three of his relatives embossed on the currency notes.
“In these 50 GHC notes, we have JB Danquah, Edward Akufo Addo, William Ofori Atta; all relatives of President Akufo Addo. So, can we reject the money because its family and friends?” he quizzed.
“If we are talking about nepotism, then it’s John Mahama who handed over Ghana’s bauxite deposit worth billions of dollars to his brother, Ibrahim Mahama, 44 cheques from his brother bounced and nothing was done about it whiles he was in government and that is even more serious…NDC did worst things whiles in government”, he fumed.
Abronye DC was however confident that President Akufo-Addo will not be destructed by the nepotism tag on him but continue to give Ghanaians an economic relief from the “mess” that the erstwhile Mahama government created.