Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak has stated beleaguered President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) “must resign immediately” following the bombshell exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which allegedly captured him using the names President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to clench deals with some prospective investors.
Reports surfacing in the latter part of Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 indicated that President Akufo-Addo had ordered for the immediate arrest of Mr Nyantakyi after getting privileged viewing of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 undercover documentary, which captured Mr Nyantakyi’s peddling influence.
Honourable Mubarak, however, said that “presidency’s order of Mr Nyantakyi’s arrest is to divert attention from the heat on the Minister for Communications, who is embroiled in some controversy about a phony deal. Otherwise why order the arrest of Nyantakyi when it is public knowledge that he is out of the country?”
According to Mr Mubarak, the “fact is, they watched the video more than a week ago and simply sat on it”, adding that: “What they have done, with the order to arrest Nyantakyi is to divert attention from calls for the Minister of Communications to resign and an attempt to give a semblance of seriousness about fighting corruption, but they are not. When you take money to finance your campaign, and it turns out some of those monies came from illegal sources, you are as guilty as the one who brought you the money”.
Mr Mubarak said: “In the video, Nyantakyi, a very likeable gentleman, bragged about financing the campaign of a Deputy Minister as well. If they are serious about corruption, they should equally ask Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways – Mr Anthony Karbo, to step aside for an independent investigation”, adding that: “When Hon. Nii Lantey made allegations of attempts by the F.A. to bribe him, guess who came to the GFA’s defence and called Nii Lantey a liar? The current Minister of Youth & Sports, Mr.Isaac Asiamah”.
Addressing the press on the issue, Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, indicated that President Akufo-Addo is focused on tackling corruption and every individual found guilty in the documentary, will face the law.
“The President is absolutely determined to ensure that anybody who is found culpable in this investigation, will be made to face the full rigours of the laws of our country,” Mr Jinapor said at a press conference on Tuesday, 22 May 2018.
He also said that Mr Akufo-Addo has seen portions of the exposé and “in this documentary, the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi, is supposedly seen attempting to use the President’s name and that of the Vice-President and other senior officials of government to induce supposed potential investors into our country to part with various sums of monies”.
He continued: “The President, as a responsible citizen, and indeed, and, in fact, more particularly, as the chief custodian of our laws and enforcer of our laws, has had to consult and evaluate the content of this investigative piece.”
“The President, after these consultations, is fully satisfied that a prima facie basis has been established for criminal investigations to be launched into the conduct of the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi, and any other accomplices that may exist, and, therefore, the President reported this matter to the legally sanctioned and mandated agency of state, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, to commence investigations into this matter”, Mr Jinapor said. Adding that the CID has begun investigating “aspects of defrauding by false pretence.”
“We want to assure the Ghanaian people that the President is determined to fight crime, corruption, fight influence peddling, fight bribery and instil discipline, integrity and honesty into our public life. It will not matter your status in society, and this is exactly what we have seen playing out in respect of this GFA matter”.
Just a week ago, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Mr. Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako Jr., said a well-known lawyer tried bribing Anas Aremeyaw Anas to edit out scandalous findings against “a man” believed to be at the GFA, in the yet-to-be premiered Number 12 piece.
Speaking about the piece, Mr Baako Jr. told Randy Abbey on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme on Thursday, 17 May that: “Look, this one, this GFA one, there was an attempt to bribe him, OK”.
He said: “There was an attempt because there is a lawyer – and I’m sorry I won’t mention his name, of course he may know it’s him, maybe he is watching us – who is close to Anas and who knew that this job was going on, and I think he went and did some ‘Okro mouth’, so, somebody now tries to give him money to go and give to Anas.”
“The lawyer took the money and was scared to go and deliver it to Anas. So, eventually he [lawyer] had to go back to the man and say: ‘[I couldn’t deliver the bribe], take it’. But of course we have found out. He’s a lawyer, very good lawyer, prominent lawyer”, Mr Baako Jr. said.
He further disclosed that the upcoming expose was disaster to the point that some of his friends have been caught in the mix. He further stated that if it was possible, he would have asked for the them to be left alone. However, since he Mr Baako has never tried to influence Anas in any kind of way, the video will undoubtedly be aired. And people should be prepared to see careers or integrity of those involved, left in tatters.