..Fake Letters, Secret Data Trading, Visa Racketeering And Sexual Affair
Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor on Monday disclosed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), would meet tomorrow to consider whether or not, to punish the party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie also known as Sir John.
But ahead of tomorrow’s meetings are revelations that ex-President Kufuor and the NPP General Secretary, have a long-standing rift which has seen the two men covertly and overtly hitting each other from afar. It appears President Kufuor, is about landing some hefty blows on Sir John again.
So far, ex-President Kufuor’s biggest blow, against Sir John, was when as President, he got the then Board Chairman of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and the Managing Director of Prudential Bank Limited, Stephen Sekyere Abankwa, to sack Sir John from GNPC, where he was the
Director of Legal Services and Administration.
Sir John, after a composite investigation, bordering on fakes letters to some countries, seismic data trading, visa racketeering and multi-sexual affairs with subordinates, at the instance of the GNPC Management Board pushed by President Kufuor, was given the option to either resign
or be fired. One of the visa beneficiaries was Yaa Boateng Boatenma.
He took the lighter option- resignation- to keep his employment records safe.
Mr. M. O. Boateng, was then running the affairs of the GNPC as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and was also said, to be very instrumental in the sacking of Sir John, who was later to become NPP General Secretary.
One of the fake letters Mr. Owusu-Afriyie wrote is said to have gone to an oil producing country in Northern Africa. Shockingly, it was on the letterhead of the Presidency. That country’s leaders called the Castle, then the seat of government and investigations revealed that it was Sir John, who wrote that letter.
Sir John on his part, has also not forgiven President Kufuor, he is said to have sent party hoodlums to the ex-President’s West Airport residence in January this year, to demonstrate and prevent him from attending the inauguration of the President-elect, John Dramani Mahama at the Independence Square in Accra on January 7.
Speaking on Badwam on Adom TV on Monday, Mr. J.A Kufuor, who is also a member of the NPP’s NEC, condemned the behaviour of Sir John, describing the punishment handed him by the Supreme Court as appropriate.
The party’s Steering Committee which met on Monday, has set Thursday, August 22, for the NEC meeting.
Some senior party members, including Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe are calling on Sir John to resign his post as General Secretary of the NPP, for bringing embarrassment onto the party.
This is after Sir John was last week, convicted of criminal contempt and sentenced to a Gh¢5,000 fine by the nine-member panel of justices at the Supreme Court, adjudicating the 2012 presidential election petition.
He was also ordered to sign a bond of good behaviour for six months or serve a jail term of six months in default.
According to Mr. J.A Kufuor, the NEC will deliberate on the conduct of Sir John and based on the position taken by the majority, it will decide whether to let him step down or keep his position as the party’s General Secretary.
He described the punishment handed his party’s General Secretary as appropriate, adding that Sir John deserved to be reprimanded for making unguarded comments relating to the hearing of the matter.
Back to GNPC is the story of Yaa Boateng Boatenma in November 2004, faced with deportation from US, although her 5-week-old son was a citizen, Jade Odum became a U.S. citizen the day he was born in Northern Kentucky, but his parent were not and hence had to be deported.
Reports from GNPC are that Sir John was instrumental in securing Yaa Boateng Boatenma, the US visa to travel to the States. The US Embassy is also said to have raised some red flags over the visa request from the GNPC, ostensibly engineered by Sir John. More to come!