From Samuel Mensah Toorbizo, Kumasi
The Volta Youth Alliance (VOYA), has described as infantile, the desperate move by some communicators of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to criminalize the gifted Ford Expedition to President Mahama by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe.
The convener of VOYA, Mr. Shadrak Fofo Ahiable, said it was rather unfortunate that some media houses and operatives aligned to the NPP, have been sweating profusely as they struggled to equate the most transparent gift to the President to bribe and corruption.
VOYA in a press release copied to the Herald, noted that it would only take a trustworthy person of the caliber of President Mahama to have genuinely given back such luxurious gift to the state without keeping it for his person gains.
“As Ghanaians we must put our political affiliations aside and rather shower unlimited praises on President Mahama for his selfless and courageous move to give the car in question back to the state instead of trying to roast him alive” he stressed in the statement.
“We of VOYA want to pledge our unwavering support for the President and urge him to stay focus on his determination to fixe the challenges of the country” the stamen added.
Last week it became topical issues when Manasseh Awuni Azure of joy fm through his half backed investigations came out with a story citing President Mahama to have taken a $100,000 ford expedition car gift from a Burkinabe leading contractor Djibril Kanazoe while he was the vice president to fertile the ground for the latter to grab juicy road contracts in Ghana.
According to Mr. Ahiable ,the hype given to the story was one of the calculated attempts by NPP and their rented media houses to blow an issue which did not exist out of proportion to attract public attention in particularly as the November polls draws near.
He further explained in the statement that per the available records pertaining to the car, upon receipt the President directed that it should be added to the flight of cars at the presidency therefore it was out of place for those elements in the NPP to have tagged the deal as a bribe.
“We by this release want to advise the NPP and their operatives to desist from their deliberate and continuous attacks being unleashed on the President to score cheap political points”, it noted.