The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is calling on Ghanaians to demand the prosecution of all officials who in one way or the other facilitated the payment of GH¢51.2 million to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
The largest opposition party also asked that Mr Woyome’s money must be paid per prevailing exchange rate.
At a news conference on Tuesday, March 17, Communications Director of NPP Nana Akomea said the acquittal of Mr Woyome on Thursday, March 12 was a “show trial” to “throw dust in the eyes of Ghanaians”.
“It is instructive that the trial Judge described the effort by the government to prosecute Mr. Woyome as ‘shoddy’, ‘lackadaisical’ and ‘a complete waste of time’,” he said.
“Indeed, the attempt at the criminal prosecution was so shoddy that the testimonies of some state prosecution witnesses were actually used by Mr. Woyome’s defense as vindication of their (Woyome’s) case.”
‘Create, loot and share’
Nana Akomea questioned why Mr Woyome did not take government to court in 2007/2008 and why government filed a counterclaim against Mr Woyome five days after negotiating terms of settlement.
“It is also instructive to note that, when the scandal broke, all kinds of high ranking government officials and communicators stoutly defended the payments.”
The NPP observed that per the Supreme Court ruling, the payment were “in pursuit of an agenda to create, loot and share”.
“Ghanaians should therefore demand the prosecution of all officials who facilitated this ‘mistake’ or this create, loot and share.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana