Former President John Dramani Maham is beneath investigation by the Particular Prosecutor’s workplace over allegations of bribery.
In keeping with experiences, Mr. Mahama paid over GHC14,203,680 to 355,092 delegates of the Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC) within the occasion’s just lately held primaries.
The cash, which was given beneath the guise of transportation, has been deemed as an inducement and labeled as a bribe by the Particular Prosecutor attributable to Mr. Mahama’s contest for the flagbearership place.
The Particular Prosecutor’s workplace considers that the cash was given to affect voters in favor of Mr. Mahama, who was competing for the occasion’s flagbearership place with two others, however Dr Kwabena Duffuor later withdrew from the race leaving the competition to Kojo Bonsu and Mahama.
An announcement issued by Mr. Mahama’s marketing campaign staff confirmed that they offered some delegates with transportation and guaranteed that the help was not a alternative however supposed to enhance what the occasion is offering to all constituencies. Additionally they emphasised that the donation was per Mr. Mahama’s steady help for the occasion through the years.
In keeping with the assertion by Mr. Mahama’s marketing campaign staff, acknowledged their help for delegates’ transportation to be able to allow them to attend the primaries.
The assertion added that the cash was not supposed to switch what the occasion was giving to all constituencies; fairly, it was meant to enhance it. The previous president is being investigated by the authorities relating to these alleged bribes, since provision for transportation is the duty of the occasion and never a person.
Professor Joshua Alabi, a member of Mr. Mahama’s marketing campaign staff, defended the donations, stating that the previous president’s contributions had been constant together with his steady help for the occasion through the years.
The opposition Nationwide Democratic Congress 2023 Primaries had been held on Might 13, 2023, with a complete of 355,092 delegates from 277 constituencies converging at 401 voting facilities to elect each Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates for 2024 common elections.
Within the Presidential race, three individuals, together with Mr. Mahama and former Kumasi Mayor Kojo Bonsu, featured on the poll after Dr. Kwabena Duffuor withdrew from the race citing irregularities. For the parliamentary elections, a whole lot filed to contest.
Licensed outcomes by the Electoral Fee (EC) confirmed that Mr Mahama polled an amazing 297,603 votes representing 98.9 % of the full legitimate votes solid on the finish of the NDC Primaries on Saturday.
His contender, the previous Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu, polled a paltry 3,181 votes representing 1.1 %.
The opposite contender within the NDC flagbearer race, former Finance Minister within the Mills regime, Kwabena Duffour, pulled out on Friday.
That is the fourth time John Dramani Mahama will likely be main the NDC into an election.
Then Vice President John Dramani Mahama who took over from President John Evans Atta-Mills when the latter died whereas in workplace in July 2012, went on to win the election later that yr.
As an incumbent, he first misplaced to the then New Patriotic Social gathering (NPP) presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016, turning into the primary President to serve just one full time period.
He gained the flagbearership race in February 2019 with an amazing endorsement of 95% votes to signify the NDC within the 2020 election, however he misplaced to incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was declared the winner of the December 7, 2020 election with 51.59% forward of the NDC candidate who acquired 47.37%.
Mr Mahama challenged the result on the Supreme Court docket, arguing that Akufo-Addo’s votes in some polling stations had been padded, pushing him above the 50% threshold wanted to keep away from a run-off.
The investigation into Mr. Mahama’s alleged bribery will carry extra scrutiny to the continued NDC Primaries forward of the 2024 common elections.
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