The estranged wife of Eugene Arhin, President Akufo Addo’s Communications Director has exposed him in a damning divorce petition, where he [Arhin] has acquired an incredible 32 houses within four years, as well as several vehicles.
Gloria Assan Arhin in her divorce petition filed at the Accra High Court (Matrimonial Division) Yesterday, February 10, 2021, is seeking a divorce from her husband of nine years on grounds of adultery and abuse.
In her statement, she listed five massive real estate properties consisting of plush duplexes, bungalows and more than 30 flats.
Incidentally, all these properties were reportedly acquired or built in the past four years of President Akufo Addo’s presidency when Eugene Arhin was appointed the President’s Director of Communications.
The buildings could not have been built earlier because Madam Gloria Arhin stated categorically that after their marriage in 2012, due to their income low levels, they were forced to shuffle rented apartments and benevolent provision of accommodation by family members.
She said, after their marriage in 2012, the couple first lived in their own rented apartment, but were forced to move into Eugene Arhin’s sister’s apartment. Eventually, the couple and their three kids moved into their own rented apartment.
At the time, Mrs. Arhin said she was the one earning the highest income in the family as she worked with Charter House, sold kids diapers among other things to support her husband who was then a mere Research Assistant at the pro-NPP think-tank, Danquah Institute.
There is therefore no way, Eugene Arhin, prior to 2016, could have acquired over 32 flats and more than four separate apartments, including a high-end apartment at the popular AU Village in Accra.
Indeed, his wife in her divorce petition, explained why that could not have been possible: “In the early parts of the marriage, the parties (Arhin and his wife) faced financial challenges in the marriage so the Petitioner [Mrs Arhin] who was at the time the highest earner for the family, in addition to her employment with Charterhouse, traded in baby diapers and wipes as well as running event organisation among others to be able to mobilise enough funds for the maintenance and management of the home.”
She said she continued doing these odd jobs till 2016 when her husband suddenly asked her to quit her job, stay home and take care of the couple’s only child as she was also expecting another one at the time.
Apparently, Mr. Arhin had by 2016 won the presidential elections with his boss, President Akufo Addo, and could instantly get the income stream to override the income derived from his wife’s odd jobs.
The aggrieved wife stated in the petition that she is seeking divorce because Mr. Arhin was shamelessly flirting with other women in front of their children as well as verbally and physically abusing her.
She is demanding a 50-50 split of the entire properties acquired within the last four years, as well as compensation of GHC 2 million.
Meanwhile, party loyalists are outraged at the blatant dissipation of public funds by Mr. Arhin, as exposed by his wife.
The exposure is coming at time party members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been complaining that appointees of President Akufo Addo have ignored them.