Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako, has given a broad indication that utterances by host of Peace FM’s morning show, Kwame Sefa Kayi, led to the disclosure of contents in the yet-to-be released documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Kweku Baako explained that there was a “gentleman’s agreement” between the president and Tiger Eye PI and the BBC for the presidency to be discreet about the content of video that was aired to them.
On Metro TV’s “Good Morning Ghana” show, Mr Baako said it was for ethical reasons that they couldn’t go and put out the documentary without giving President Akufo-Addo an opportunity to view and respond.
However, even before the documentary is shown, there has been a reaction with President Akufo-Addo reporting the Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi to the police for influence peddling and defrauding by false pretense.
Mr Baako added that “It appears what triggered the presidential intervention or response was as a result of what was said on Kwami Sefa Kayi’s show [Kokrokoo]. On Tuesday, he dropped a hint that the president had been mentioned, the vice president too had been mentioned and that gave the impression that we too were breaching that confidentiality because Kwami was perceived as being part of us, I [Baako] might have told Kwami so how did he get to know and why did he drop it?
“And then that particular disclosure was picked up by various people, social media ….as if that meant the president was guilty or implicated; so that is what triggered their response, very unfortunate, I’m disappointed but I understand.
“I debated, I protested, they made their case, I evaluated and I realized that here is a situation you have a whole president, he had given his word, he will keep cool till the day or two before and then suddenly it’s out there. It has been said that he was mentioned, it’s a huge office and he has also got integrity, which for me is indestructible…, so they reacted and that reaction changed the dynamics.
“Indeed, I can tell you that the BBC is disappointed that this happened. I was disappointed, Anas is disappointed because none of us knew that there was going to be a response; I got to know after the event had taken place.”
Mr Baako added that Mr Sefa Kayi himself has conceded.