Years After Posing As NDC To Cream Jobs and Government Contracts
The New International Version of the Good Book in Luke chapter 8 verses 17 says, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open”.
It has emerged that, George Andah, the “independent telecommunication guru”, who on Monday expressed the desire to contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primary in the Awutu Senya West, had secretly posed as a sympathizer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), through which he grabbed juicy state contracts.
He is also on record to have landed a lucrative job from Nigerian business tycoon, Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola “Mike” Adenuga Jr, through the intervention of some NDC gurus at the presidency. Indeed, he has boasted to close friends many times about his friendship with President John Dramani Mahama.
With his posture as an NDC sympathizer, even while the party was in opposition, George made huge financial contributions to the party, as well as supported some parliamentary aspirants to help them displace the NPP MPs. While most of his candidates succeeded and are in Parliament, others could not.
In fact, through his claim of being an NDC sympathizer, George’s company, Rudder Solutions, located at Dzorwulu, got a couple of huge government contracts to execute at Metro Mass Transport (MMT), pocketing millions of Ghana Cedis.
It is also a common knowledge that, the state owned Graphic Communication Group, has been giving him fat contracts through the instrumentality of his friend, Ken Ashigbe, the Managing Director (MD) of the company, despite claiming lack of jobs, mismanagement, corruption among other things on the platform of the OccupyGhana
The Daily Graphic, is one of the newspapers, which advocated claims of OccupyGhana, however, problematic.
Elements within the ruling NDC, including his Trade Fair neighbours, were later to be shocked by Mr. Andah, a former head of marketing at MTN Ghana, as a member of the pro-NPP pressure group, Occupyghana, claiming the Middle Class people were against the John Mahama government.
Their shocks were heightened with the emergence of posters of him, promising to unseat the NDC’s Hannah Serwaa Tetteh, Foreign Affairs Minister, as the NPP Parliamentary candidate.
It has come up several times that Mr. Andah, boasted that he is a good friend of President John Mahama ,and on many platforms, he chose President Mahama, ahead of the NPP’s 2016 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Through his association with the president, who is also a communication expert, Mr Andah, was said to have gotten contracts.
According to information, Mr. Andah, got his contract with Glo Mobile Ghana in 2011, the Nigerian telecommunication giant as the Chief Operating Officer (COO), mainly because of his close association with a “certain powerful man” at the Castle at the time.
George, is said to have started posturing as an independent-minded person unaffiliated to any political party. He is reported to be bitter at President John Mahama, for ignoring him, instead of maintaining the cosy relationship they once shared.
Aside being a founding member of occupyghana, Mr. Andah, was among those who last year, took part in the “pizza and coke demonstration”, and humiliated a former Minister of Information in the John Kufuor administration and ex-MP for Mfantsiman East, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, by sacking him from the protest on claim that they were not politicians.
Until his admission on Monday, Mr Andah, had carried himself with the likes of lawyer Ace Ankomah, Ken Ofori-Atta, and Yoofi Grant as objective individuals, who shared non-political views on national issues. George has been on Joy FM’s weekend news analysis programme, News file, as well as Citi FM.
After his posters surfaced on social media, Mr Andah told Citi FM, “I believe I am ready to serve my country, my Constituency and the ideology I believe in. I don’t think this is about beating A or B, it’s about putting myself up to serve, and hopefully, crossing the first step of being selected as the parliamentary Candidate for the NPP.”
“I am no angel, but I have always been guided by certain values and principles and I believe that … my experience puts me in a good place to serve Ghana. I am with the new Ghanaian, who believes that right is right and wrong is wrong, irrespective of political background you may have or political leader you admire,” he said.
Meanwhile, the former occupier has written to his group of affluent middle class Ghanaians about his decision to exit from the group.
Mr Andah’s, formal communication to the group read in parts “Some of us have had to come out and take a stand for God and Country, realizing that sitting on the fence is no longer an option. I know we are no angels, but I can say that I will do what I have to do for God and Country.
My stand is that I have never denied the party I support and vote for, or the presidential candidate I believe in and the party whose ideologies I endorse.
Yet the non-partisan OccupyGhana, gave me the opportunity to identify with, and be a part of, a strong group of responsible Ghanaians who believe in good governance and are fighting for Ghana to develop to its true socio-economic potential, irrespective of our various, individual party preferences or biases (and even the lack of such preferences and biases.)
OccupyGhana, yearns to see a Ghana, where right and wrong are assessed and corrected by people who put the nation first, and come from all persuasions – political, religious, ethnic, etc., and I am proud to have been given the opportunity to serve in OccupyGhana’s leadership.”