Anti-corruption crusader Paul Collins Appiah Ofori, has contrasted President Akufo-Addo with former President John Mahama in an interview, revealing that from his point of view Mr. Mahama is comparatively better than President Akufo-Addo in the dodgy matters of corruption.
The interview which was with Accra-based TV3 captures the former New Patriotic Party MP for Asikuma Odoben Brakwa revealing that former President Mahama had personally invited him to serve in his administration in an anti-corruption watchdog role that he turned down purely on partisan grounds.
However, since the coming into office of his own party, he has constantly been evaded by President Akufo-Addo after he requested to serve in the same anti-corruption role that he had turned down from President Mahama.
According to the respected anti-corruption crusader, he has regretted not serving in the Mahama government simply because he put partisan interest above the national one, only falling short of saying Nana Akufo-Addo is a betrayal.
“As a nation, as a country, for the benefit of Ghana, I think if I had not banked on the NPP and I had placed Ghana’s interest above partisan interest, I had gone to take that position, I think I would have been able to set the Thames on fire, I would have been able to, all those engaged in corrupt practices I would have been able to get them prosecuted and so on. So for that, I have regretted.”
A fierce anti-corruption crusader during his days in Parliament, Mr. Appiah-Ofori implied in the interview that he thought himself well-position to serve in an anti-corruption capacity in the Akufo-Addo government and has petitioned the President for a position on the Board of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
Thinking that because he had personally championed the cause of Akufo-Addo for so many years before Akufo-Addo finally became President in 2017, the President who had been touted as incorruptible while in opposition would want to work with a transparent person like him.
However, to his shock, immediately he petitioned the President for a place on the SPO Board, the President stonewalled him.
“Going by the way I championed Akufo-Addo and put him up from 2007 up till the time he became President in 2016, am not happy about abandonment, am not happy about the way Akufo-Addo doesn’t know me again,” he lamented.
In contrast, he makes the point that when John Mahama became President in 2012, the NDC leader specially invited him to his (Mahama’s) house and offered him the very position that Akufo-Addo has refused him.
“John Mahama himself called me to his house to tell me that he wanted me to go and play that role in his administration…and I told him that John no, you know me, if even you yourself you engage in corruption, I will expose you, do you know I will do that? He said: ‘Yes PC, that’s why I want you to come and be a check on me and all my Ministers.”
“I told him that if I should join the NDC Administration, it would mean that I have abandoned NPP and I have abandoned Akufo-Addo so I told him that “oh John, you have done well, I won’t take the position. But any corrupt practices that will take place in his administration that will come to my notice, I will draw his attention,” an unhappy PC he said.