Ripples in Ghana over alleged $1.5 million donation to Atiku campaign
London, Feb. 28, 2019 (AltAfrica)-One of the major topics of discussion in Ghana, Nigeria’s neighbour currently is the allegation that a former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama donated a huge sum of $1.5 million to support the presidential ambition of Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in the just concluded presidential election in Nigeria
The Brong Ahafo Regional First Vice Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, popularly known as Abronye DC, claimed that the former president, Mahama supported Atiku’s bid to become Nigerian president with such a huge money.
He said the “money could be have been used by the former president who is a senior citizen of this country and thinks there is hardship to support governmental initiatives such as building more schools to support the free SHS policy, expanding the 1 district 1 factory initiative and several other polices
“…even if Mr. Mahama did not want to support this government with his money, he could have used it to support the unemployed, hungry and vagabond NDC foot soldiers who have resulted to vigilantism, killing their colleagues at their party offices, causing mayhem and disrupting the peace in this country,” he added.
However, responding to this, Mr. Mahama said the allegationwas false, insisting at no point has he donated any money to Atiku and the PDP.
A statement from his office read: “President Mahama has sent no money to any candidate in Nigeria, and Mr. Debrah has not been anywhere near Nigeria.
The denial has had little effect on the issue dominating national discourse in Ghana with opinions divided among political commentators
Some of those who spoke to Alternativeafrica.com over the issue also expressed mixed feelings. While some believed Mahama’s alleged donation was a normal process in politics where politicians build contacts across the world, others particularly the youth felt betrayed that such amount of money could have solve many problems in Ghana.
Sylvester Mensah told Alternativeafrica.com “No I don’t believe Mahama. That is what politicians do. Carry our money and put in other countries when people are suffering at home. They are all corrupt people
Mahama is currently the NDC’s presidential aspirant-elect after beating off competition from six other candidates.
He was endorsed by over 200,000 delegates of the NDC during last Saturday’s (February 23, 2019) presidential primaries held at the various constituencies across the Ghana.