Progress People’s Party (PPP) has expressed its disappointment in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo following the release of last week Thursday’s scores of Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
Ghana scored 41 out of a possible clean score of 100 and ranked 80 out of 180 countries/territories included in the 2019 index which was through Transparency International’s (TI’s) local chapter, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).
Sharing his perspective on Ghana’s position on the CPI at the weekend on ‘Kanawu’ on Amansan Television (ATV)/GN TV, in Accra, Communication and Press Officer of the PPP, Felix Mantey, called on President Akufo-Addo to render an unqualified apology to Ghanaians for failing to deal with the canker.
He explained that the then candidate Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2016 campaigned on incorruptibility, and assured Ghanaians that corruption would become unattractive under his watch if elected into office as President.
According to the PPP man, Ghanaians voted for Mr Akufo-Addo and his NPP in 2016 primarily because of their incorruptibility campaign message.
But, he said, the PPP was disappointed in President Akufo-Addo who touts himself as incorruptible and “will not superintend over corruption.”
If for nothing at all, he said, President Akufo-Addo should have maintained Ghana’s position on the CPI as he met it in 20117 and not to bring it down.
“You (referring to President Akufo-Addo) labelled your predecessor as corrupt but when you came instead of you to either improve the score or maintain what former President left off which was 43 per cent you have rather reduced it to 41 per cent. So now between you and Mr Mahama who is more corrupt?” he asked.
Ghana has since 2018 scored the same points, 41, out of a possible 100.
That, the PPP press and communication officer said, was an indictment on the ruling government, hence his call on the President to apologise to Ghanaians for lying to them.
He mentioned a number of alleged corrupt scandals which had hit this government since it came into office.
Notable among them, he said, were; the Ameri deal, PDS, BOST, Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Galamsey fraud expose’ and Australia visa scandal.
In all these, Mr Mantey noted, President Akufo-Addo never showed commitment towards the fight against corruption.
He wondered if NPP could tout itself again as an incorruptible party when the 2020 campaign picks up.
But a member of the National Communication Team of the NPP, Lawrence Akwasi Antwi, who was also on the programme, vehemently disagreed with the PPP.
Although he said, the NPP would not reject the scores of the TI, he described it as perception and not reality.
According to him, the reality on the ground gave thumps up to President Akufo-Addo for his commitment towards the fight against corruption.
He was hopeful that come December 7, 2020, Ghanaians would retain President Akufo-Addo and the NPP to continue their good works.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI, ATV/GNTV, ACCRA
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