Reveals Ex-Attorney General Covert Pontius Pilate Meetings and Telephone Conversations
The aspiring National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), may have opened up Nana Akufo-Addo’s top secret, giving detail accounts of his unsolicited meeting and covert telephone conversations with the twice defeated presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), ahead of his sensational criminal trial during the John Agyekum Kufuor era.
Mr. Danienl Kwasi Abodakpi, a former Minister for Trade and Industry, who was jailed in 2007 for causing financial loss to the state by the John Agyekum Kufour administration yesterday said, he was surprised that Nana Akufo-Addo, was making a spirited attempt to run away from a “historic fact”, which took place in Parliament years ago.
He said, he had rated Nana Addo as a man of honour, but has just lost respect for him having shown he cannot stand and defend his conviction.
The ex-Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta in the Volta Region, this week told two Accra-cited FM station that Nana Akufo-Addo ahead of his trial, had accosted him in Parliament and revealed to him that President Kufour was hell-bent on jailing him (Abodakpi), despite his blazing objection against it as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
Interestingly, Nana Akufo-Addo, a one-time MP for Abuakwa South Constituency on Tuesday, issued a statement denying the claims of Mr. Abodakpi.
But the soft-spoken Ghana’s Ambassador to Malaysia stressed that “Am very surprised that Nana Addo would be making this spirited attempt to run away from a historic fact.”
Mr. Abodakpi told Alhassan Suhuyini on Radio Gold in his reaction to Nana Addo’s statement that he still has the telephone number of Nana Addo’s house, so surprised at his denial.
He insisted that “I can confirm without any equivocation that in Parliament because we were both in Parliament. Nana Addo did ask me what I had done personally against the former President and that he (Nana Addo) was being pressured to prosecute me, but looking at the fact he (Nana Addo) did not see why”.
According to the ex-Trade Minister under the Rawlings presidency, Nana Addo “… went on to tell me he was still in contact with the Office of the President and that he will inform me of any further development there upon he gave me his house number to call him in about three days later”.
He explained that when he did, Nana Addo told him that President Kufuor, had asked for the case docket to be sent to him in the Castle, “and that if I was jailed, he (Nana Addo) had no hand in it”.
Mr. Abodakpi said, Nana Addo told him that he was convinced that the allegations being made against him were not matters that merited “me being sent to court”.
He said, when Nana Addo told him this, he respected him and his admiration for him grew because he believed that he was a man of conscience and further believed that he was being principled in his profession as the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, who was vested with the right to take such decisions.
Mr. Abodakpi said, his trial was part of the history of this country, as well as the evolutionary process Ghana had been through to consolidate her democracy but “as I told you earlier, I have moved on and forgiven , I just stated it as a historic fact and they can deny it as much as they can, but the truth stands”.
The ex-Trade Minister, maintained that what he said was historic fact, and like cork, it would pop up, however, long it was buried.