Nana Addo: Vice Prez. Mahama also wanted State lands

Ghana`s Vice President John Dramani Mahama

The camp of NPP Flag bearer Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has added a new dimension to the raging political firestorm over the alleged indiscriminate sale of government lands during the Kufuor administration’s tenure of office, accusing Vice President John Dramani Mahama of seeking to acquire state lands during the period under review.

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Speaking to Citi News’ Reporter Richard Sky, Abu Jinapor, an aide to the NPP flagbearer, said he has evidence to show that the Vice President’s company Mahama and Associates made several attempts to buy a large tract of state land located in Cantonments, one of Accra’s most luxurious areas in 2007, when he was the Vice Presidential candidate of the then opposition NDC, led by then candidate John Atta Mills, and was offered the land in 2008 by the Lands Commission.

He could not, however, tell if the former Bole Bamboi Member of Parliament succeeded in acquiring title to the land in question.

This notwithstanding, Mr. Jinapor accuses the NDC government of taking a hypocritical stance on the issue of sale of government lands during the NPP administration, when its own Vice Presidential candidate had sought to acquire state lands.

“The intent was there … the then vice presidential candidate of the NDC did not see anything wrong with him acquiring state lands.”

Insisting that the NPP had no problems with the legitimate acquisition of state lands, he called for the clarification of the do’s and don’ts governing the activities of public officials, especially with the acquisition of property. “We have to set standards,” he added

Meanwhile in an interview monitored on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Show on Monday October 18, an Aide to Vice President John Dramani Mahama, Mr. John Jinapor stated categorically that his Boss never acquired any state property.

“I am putting my integrity on the line and putting it on record that the Vice President never bought any land. Just because you are desperate for power, you want to malign the man. We want to send a caution that if they want to go that way by just putting things out based on hearsay, we will not take it lightly” he said.

Meanwhile, it has emerged for the first time that Nana Akufo-Addo was offered a plot of State Land under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration but rejected the offer.

An aide to Nana Addo, Gabby Otchere-Darko of the Danquah Institute, a policy think tank disclosed this on Citi FM’s Saturday political talk Show the “Big Issue”.