President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has said flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Mahama chances of winning the 2020 general elections is likely to be affected due to the mention of his administration in the Airbus corruption scandal.
According to him, the revelations in the court judgement could hamper Mahama’s presidential ambitions in respect to the 2020 general elections.
Ghana is said to be one of five countries in which the European aviation giant, Airbus, paid or attempted to pay millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for contracts, leading a court in Britain to slap a fine of £3 billion on the company.
In court documents and hearings, Airbus admitted five counts of failing to prevent bribery, using a network of secret agents to pay large-scale backhanders to officials in foreign countries, including Ghana, to land high-value contracts.
However responding to this in an interview with Citi News, the Policy think tank IMANI Africa Boss believes the effect on Mahama campaign would be high.
“It will have some ripple effect. That is why we need damages to unveil all of this. It is most likely that because it was his administration that has been fingered in this matter, definitely his campaign will take a bit of a hit to the extent that, although he has not been mentioned in particular, it was his administration that was involved– partially as a vice president and later, a president. I’m sure he’s had to take the heat just as we are apportioning blame to the presidency when there have been several acts of corruption under this administration,” he said.