President Akufo Addo’s cousin and right-hand-man, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has indicted his kinsman by stating that the ECOWAS Chair position recently conferred on the President is because he is soaked in corruption.
This is contained in a retrospective tweeter post he made in 2015 where he specifically stated that “to be ECOWAS chair you must be corruption soaked.” He has quickly deleted the post after netizens descended on the post a day after President Akufo Addo was elected the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
By Mr. Otchere-Darko’s estimation, President Akufo Addo may have climbed up the corruption ladder to have earned the laurels as ECOWAS head.
Gabby went ahead in that same tweet to cite all African Union Chairmen as epitomes of power drunkenness, calling them the Despots Club. “To be AU chair you must be power-drunk. The Renaissance of the Despots’ Club is alive,” he wrote.
The reference to the ECOWAS chair as an exhibition of the most corrupt “despot” in the sub-region is particularly telling, given the curious coincidence that the Akufo Addo administration has been fingered in an unprecedented number of corruption allegations in the past four years, and the glaring attempt to cover these acts up by the President and his administration.
For instance, the Australian visa fraud having the signature of Pius Hadzide, the current Deputy Information Minister all over it; the illegal gold mining syndicate allegedly headed by the Minister of Environment and Technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng and his secretary, Charles Cromwell Bissue, among dozens of other scandals.
Most of the appointees fingered in these scandals have been shielded much to the angst of the Ghanaian public.
The latest scandal involves the Agyapa Royalties deal which seeks to capture over US$ 200 million of Ghana’s annual mining royalties and ship it off to an obscure company (Agyapa Royalties) registered in the notorious tax haven of Jersey on the British Channel Islands.
There are suspicions that Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, have key personal stakeholding in the questionable Agyapa transaction.
President Akufo Addo was elected new ECOWAS Chairman at the 57th ECOWAS Summit, which is being held in Niamey-Niger.
He took over from the Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufou whose administration in Niger has been punctuated by serious corruption allegations.