… But NDC guru questions his integrity on corruption

Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings

Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings

Former Vice Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress in the Ashanti Region, Alhaji Mohammed Sani is questioning the integrity of former President Jerry Rawlings regarding corruption.

According to Alhaji Sani, the former president, Jerry John Rawlings received a $5 million gift from former Nigerian President Sani Abacha and not $2million as the former Ghanaian President would want the world to believe.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, Alhaji Sani said he was convinced that the former president was playing “smart” when he admitted to taking $2 million instead of the $5 million.

“I can tell you it was $5 million, it was not $2 million,” he said.

The Rawlings gift scandal with General Sani Abacha resurfaced during a recent interview with Nigeria’s Guardian Newspaper, after about 18 years of denial by some Rawlings’ aide that he received the money.

In 1998, the receipt of the gift was denied by the then National Democratic Congress administration of which Jerry Rawlings was the leader and president of the country.

He was also vehemently defended by NDC Members of Parliament when the issue was raised on the floor of the House at the time.

“Rawlings must stop lying about the exact amount of money he received from Abacha…Names and incidents are popping up and these things will be gathered and made public.”

“If he doesn’t stop talking about integrity and corruption, some of us will expose him badly and he will regret ever daring to speak to issues of corruption in this country,” Alhaji Sani charged.

“Rawlings did not govern in isolation, he had ministers, cabinet and other government officials, I am daring Rawlings to come clean on how the $5 million was disbursed, we need detailed accountability on the money,” he said.

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