The New Patriotic Party(NPP) believes, former President John Dramani Mahama is “the elected government official 1” named in the Airbus bribery scandal.
This was detailed by the Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoah at a press conference Monday morning.
According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer played an active role during the purchase of the aircraft for Ghana in 2012. He, therefore, asked Mr. Mahama to break his silence on the matter.
“… Notwithstanding the referral to the OSP, it is important to note that the former Hon Attorney General’s intervention on behalf of candidate Mahama is very weak and unable to directly respond to the hard facts as put out by the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (SFO),” he said.
He added that “It is therefore necessary that former President, now Candidate John Dramani Mahama responds directly to the issue himself.”
He noted that the serious nature and processes involved in the accusations demand immediate action to remove any dents on the image and reputation of Ghana.
“The companies used to receive the bribe money have been named. The shareholder who is very close to the former President has been named. Document falsification, kickbacks, lies and overpayments is what the Airbus scandal is all about. And it appears John Mahama is deeply involved,” according to him.
“Candidate Mahama is no stranger to speaking to the international community. He has been known to assemble diplomats even if he has nothing to say except lies as demonstrated in the false tapes saga of Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituteuncy matters,” he said.
Airbus was fined $3.9 billion on Friday, January 31, 2020, in the United Kingdom for payments of bribes to secure deals in some countries including Ghana, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan.
The aerospace company was fined by the Crown Court and the Serious Fraud Office of the United Kingdom.
According to the statement of facts in the case, between 2009 and 2015, “a number of Airbus employees made or promised success based commission payments of approximately €5 million to intermediary 5”.
Intermediary 5, according to the judgment, is a close relative of a high ranking elected Ghanaian Government official.