The National Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has stated that the President Akufo-Addo administration cannot be reformed and should be overthrown instead.
He attributed a significant portion of his position to the government’s lack of commitment to combating corruption.
His remarks follow a high court decision directing the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) to release the funds from Cecilia Dapaah, a former sanitation minister, that had been confiscated.
The OSP had seven days to refund the money and reverse its earlier decision to freeze both of her Dollar and Cedi accounts after the court announced its judgment on August 31.
When it was discovered that Madam Dapaah had more than $1 million in her possession at her home, the OSP launched an inquiry into her on the basis of charges of corruption and related offenses. As a result, her accounts were frozen as part of the investigation.
Mr. Nketia stated his skepticism about the government’s commitment to battling corruption in an interview with CTV, Class FM, and Accra FM.
He claimed that he had always thought that the Cecilia Dapaah case would not result in a significant resolution.
He denounced the government and said, “This government cannot be reformed; it must be scrapped. Any attempt at reform, like their stated intentions to introduce transparency and fight corruption, is futile because how can corrupt individuals effectively combat corruption? It won’t happen.”
He continued by saying that when scandals erupt, managing public opinion rather than solving the underlying problems is the government’s top priority.
Mr. Nketia stated that he had anticipated that the Cecilia Dapaah case would not result in any substantial resolution from the beginning.
He asserted that when they attempted to conduct an investigation, the government and the Office of Special Prosecutor were both pulling a ruse and preying on the public’s expectations.