Insists “I don’t Know Him”
Younger brother of President John Dramani Mahama, has refuted allegation making the rounds that, he (Ibrahim Mahama) was one of the two people, who signed surety for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of embattled microfinance company, DKM, Martin Delle, leading to him meeting the bail requirement granted him recently.
He is the third member of the Mahama family, to be falsely associated with the DKM savings and loan saga, especially by elements within the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), including Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben South, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, who falsely claimed that, President Mahama and his wife Lordina, were the hidden brains behind DKM.
Now a purported petition allegedly sent to the Chief Justice (CJ) Georgina Theodora Wood by a group bearing the name, “Concerned Members of DKM” claimed that, Mr. Delle, who was granted bail with a sum of GH¢6 million with two sureties to justify, had support from businessman, Ibrahim Mahama.
“Our unorthodox information is that the brother of His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama, presented himself as surety for CEO of DKM and have duly signed as surety for him”, the petition alleged.
But this paper’s sources say not only has the business mogul denied vehemently to friends and sources close to him, but insists he has no link whatsoever with Mr. Delle, said to be son of Convention People’s Party (CPP) National Chairman, Edmund Delle.
The statement which does not reveal where the petitioners got their information from, also cries to the CJ that Mr. Mahama boss of Engineers and Planner (E&P) should not have stood in for Mr. Delle, because “The said Ibrahim Mahama failed to pay $68M loan facility granted to him by Merchant Bank and as of now, the bank has been sold by the state to Fortis Group, now Universal Merchant Bank”.
However, Mr. Mahama, according to The Herald’s sources, finds the entire petition ridiculous, because claims that he hasn’t settled his indebtedness to the erstwhile Merchant bank, is not true, since it is public knowledge that he has paid every penny owed the bank.
Since this year is an election year, many unsubstantiated stories and statements, have found their way into the media linking all manner of key personalities, especially politicians, their families and friends primarily to score cheap political points.
This is not the first time the Mahamas, have been linked to the DKM saga. Recently, the president during his encounter with the media, had to debunk rumour that he and his wife, Lordina, were associated with that same DKM, as the wife comes the Brong Ahafo Region, the worst affected region, as far as the microfinance scam is concerned.
The president, who together with his wife, had their names used for political expediency in that part of the country by the NPP, said he had never seen the CEO of DKM until that same day when he saw him on the front pages of the dailies.
“Your ladyship, as a mother of all, we the customers want a trusted person to sign as surety for the CEO of DKM in case Martin Delle cannot be traced that person can refund our monies to us”, part of the petition circulating on various social media platforms read.
But when this paper reached the Coordinator of the group, Kwame Baffoe Abronye for interview, he declined the request, saying he could not oblige it, because he sent the petition to the CJ and not any media house.
When pushed, Baffoe Abronye said “I don’t know who leaked the information to the media. I don’t want to comment on it now because I didn’t send it to any media house”. Before ending the brief interview, Baffoe Abronye added that “I am waiting for a response from the Chief Justice before I can say anything”.
The petitioners, who earlier in the statement spelled out the details of the bail condition of Mr. Delle at the 5th point of the statement asked the CJ “Your ladyship, with due respect we shall be extremely happy if your outfit would make known to the affected customers, the bail conditions of DKM CEO”.
The Herald, could not confirm from the Office of the Chief Justice, whether it has received the petition from the group.