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No father-for-all approach in my fight against corruption – JDM


“The flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama, has promised to confront corruption allegations directly and fairly if he is re-elected. The opposition leader has pledged to thoroughly investigate all those responsible, including officials from the current Akufo-Addo administration, and hold them accountable without any protection or favoritism.”

Addressing journalists in Accra on Sunday during one of his interactions dubbed ‘Mahama Conversations’, Mr. Mahama stated that his style of governance would be different, especially in tackling corruption in the country. He noted that he will no longer adopt a lenient stance when it comes to dealing with corrupt activities.

“I can assure you, if you believe that I was imbued with the father-for-all syndrome, it’s been exorcised. And it’s been exorcised because it is a demand by the people of Ghana.” Mahama, who decried the levels of corruption among government officials, indicated that the people had highly influenced his position on anti-graft.

“The people of Ghana are asking for accountability and we must create a situation where everybody who agrees to serve must know that he will be held accountable to the people,” he said. The former President also recounted efforts made during his administration to recover funds from state agencies. “We retrieved monies from state agencies, so the track record is there,” he asserted.

He reflected on his previous tenure as President, citing the controversial GYEEDA (Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency) report as evidence of his dedication to combating corruption.

“Some of the people involved [in GYEEDA case] went to court to restrain the Attorney General and the court processes took forever. There were others where there was the prosecution of my own colleague and friend, Abuga Pele. The Attorney General put him before the courts and he was jailed. It was recently that President Akufo-Addo granted him amnesty,” he added. “So the will to fight corruption was there.”

He also assured that stolen state resources under the current regime will be traced and retrieved while culprits are made to face the law. “No actor in this NPP corruption enterprise will be spared,” he added and warned that his appointees will be checked thoroughly.




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