…….No Demand Made On Bauxite Concession
A story cooked and planted by the Jubilee House against ex-President John Dramani Mahama and his brother, Ibrahim Mahama, with claims that the former Ghanaian leader is demanding the return of a bauxite concession taken from his sibling, has collapsed.
Yesterday’s edition of the Daily Guide newspaper, had a story by its Presidential Correspondent, Charles Takyi-Boadu, saying that the 2020 presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), made the demand as a condition to relate well with President Akufo-Addo, but the claim has since been debunked by Mr Mahama.
A statement issued by Felix Kwakye Ofosu of the Office of the former President, yesterday, described the Daily Guide report as “nothing but a figment of the imagination of the editor and his so-called sources”.
It is suspected that, the story was planted to divert attention from the numerous problems confronting the Akufo-Addo government, including the messy SHS matter which has led to the postponement of reopening date for form three students by Ghana Education Service (GES), the return of the energy crisis popularly called “Dumsor”, the multiple cases of spousal murders and ritual killings among others.
The statement from the 2020 NDC flag bearer’s outfit noted that “President Mahama, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment on his petition, indicated that even though he disagrees with the court, he was nonetheless bound by the verdict”.
“What form of ‘gel’ does the government want with President Mahama, and for which reason, he will even consider making any demands?” the statement questioned.
The statement, further maintained that Mr Mahama “has remained the statesman that he is and has remained true to his commitments to multiparty democracy”.
“He continues to have respect for the constitutional structures and has, at no time, made any request nor suggested any conditions, let alone ask for the return of bauxite concessions by any person or entity as a precondition for cooperation with the President”.
The Daily Guide, had claimed that “it is turning out that one of the main reasons why former President John Dramani Mahama does not appear to ‘gel’ with President Akufo-Addo and his administration is because of the bauxite concession that the NPP government took from the NDC leader’s brother, Ibrahim Mahama, in 2017”.
It said “There are unconfirmed claims that the former President has said before he will let his NDC cooperate with the Akufo-Addo administration, especially in Parliament, the Nyinahin Bauxite concession in the Ashanti Region that his NDC administration controversially gave to a company called Exton Cubic, linked to his junior brother, be returned.
It claimed that “Deep throat sources have hinted DAILY GUIDE that somewhere in February when the ministers were preparing to be vetted, President Akufo-Addo allegedly met the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to discuss how the Executive arm of government can work together in consensus building with the Legislature, for the good of the country considering the closeness nature of Parliament, with no clear majority from either the governing NPP or the opposition NDC”.
“But considering the suspicion with which some NDC members looked at Speaker Bagbin since he is from their stock, he was said to have thought it wise to inform the former President and asked if there were any issues or concerns he might want him to raise with the President for him to address, ahead of the said meeting.
That was when the ex-President’s team told Mr. Bagbin’s team to ask President Akufo-Addo to restore his businessman brother, Ibrahim’s bauxite concession at Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua area, to him before any talk of cooperation would be done”.
Below is the statement from Mr. Mahama’s office
RE- MAHAMA WANTS IBRAHIM BAUXITE BACK
A report in the Wednesday April 08, 2021 edition of the Daily Guide Newspaper, which claims that former President John Dramani Mahama is demanding the return of a bauxite concession to his brother before he will ‘gel’ with the sitting president, is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the editor and his so-called sources.
President Mahama in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment on his petition indicated that even though he disagrees with the Court, he was nonetheless bound by the verdict.
What form of ‘gel’ does the government want with President Mahama, and for which reason, he will even consider making any demands? President Mahama has remained the statesman that he is and has remained true to his commitments to multiparty democracy.
He continues to have respect for the constitutional structures and has at no time made any request, nor suggested any conditions, let alone ask for the return of bauxite concessions by any person or entity as precondition for cooperation with the President.
Signed Felix Kwakye Ofosu Office Of HE John Dramani Mahama Thursday, April 08, 2021.