Abodakpi Sets The Record Straight

Abodakpi 2Dan Abodakpi, an aspiring chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress has reacted to claims by Nana Akufo-Addo, an aspiring flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party that former President John Kufour did not influence his (Abodakpi’s) conviction in 2007.

In a statement, Mr. Abodakpi maintained his claims of former President Kufuor’s involvement, adding that the denial by Nana Akufo-Addo, who was then the Attorney-General, was for “political expediency.”

It said “My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, an NPP Presidential aspirant and former Attorney-General in reaction to recent statements I made about the involvement of former President John Kufour in persecuting me leading to my conviction in 2007.”

“Nana Akufo-Addo, in his statement issued from London, vehemently denied that he ever informed me that former President Kufour ignored his legal advice against prosecuting my colleague (Victor Selormey) and I, and goes ahead to say he is unaware of then President Kufuor calling for the docket on the case.”

“Firstly, I am not surprised at Nana Akufo-Addo’s denial of my statements. In fact, I did not expect him to publicly act in a way that would injure the reputation of his former boss and a leader of their party.”

“Secondly, I did not make those statements out of imagination. These are based on historical facts, most of which were provided to me by Nana Akufo-Addo himself, then Attorney-General, during verbal interactions with me. But if he claims otherwise, I leave him to his conscience.”

He said “The fact still remains that in the days leading to my orchestrated conviction, Nana Akufo-Addo walked up to me in Parliament, one day, and asked me what evil I had committed against President Kufuor; his boss. When I said none, he informed me that he has advised against my prosecution because there was no substance in the case, but President Kufuor was bent on going ahead. I recall Akufo-Addo giving me the telephone line to his private residence to call him for further discussions.”

“When I called him three days later, he informed me that President Kufuor had called for the docket, and I should know that he (Nana Akufo-Addo) is not part of whatever happens to it, because he has washed his hands off it as he did not believe in the case against me.”

“Therefore, I find it strange that Nana Akufo-Addo, would today, deny the facts. He surely must be doing so for political expediency,” he said.

In addition, the statement said “In my interactions with him at that time, I thought I was dealing with a man of conscience who would stand up to the truth. If today, he is running away from the truth, I leave him to his conscience.”

He explained that he was not revealing these facts for any political gains but to draw the attention of Ghanaians to certain ills in our society that we must all work collectively to uproot.

“I believe we can only progress successfully as a nation when we operate our democracy without vindictiveness and political vendetta.We need people who would stand up to the truth always and defend our democracy with conviction,” he added.   By Times Reporter

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