Kwesi Nyantakyi has backpedaled on assertions he made to supposed ‘investors’ in investigative film by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas that he could secure mega deals for them if they bribed top government officials, including the presidency.
The beleaguered former President of the Ghana Football Association, Nyantakyi alleged that the Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Anthony Karbo, told him that President Akufo-Addo would get $5 million; Dr Bawumia – $3 million; Road and Highways Minister Amoako Atta – $2 million; Anthony Karbo – $1 million; and Nyantakyi – $1 million; a claim he was awarded a whopping $65,000 by businessmen as their “gratuity”.
Shortly after President Akufo-Addo finished watching excerpts of the film he called for criminal investigations against Nyantakyi for falsely using his name to defraud investors.
But in his resignation letter he disclosed that he had not consulted the presidency about his damning claims as recorded in the video.
He said, “I wish to clarify that at no time prior to or subsequent to any deliberations on the video did I consult, contact or inform any government official about discussions on the video. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video.
“I gravely associated the highest office of the land – the presidency – with private discussions I had with ‘scammers” who deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country.
“I hereby apologise unreservedly to the father of the nation, Nana Akufo-Addo, the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State for indiscretion in associating them with the private conversations on the video,” he stated.
Nyantakyi resigned two days after a documentary by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas brought to light several cases of ethical breaches in Ghana football.
Nyantakyi made this decision after a meeting of the Executive Committee of the association on Friday.
“After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon, I decided to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association.
“It stemmed out of the controversies generated by [an] investigative report of Tiger Eye PI. In the said report, I committed a series of errors of indiscretion.
“I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them. This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video,” Nyantakyi said.
Nyantakyi, who has been GFA president since 2005, was elected to the FIFA Council in September 2016.
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