A Plus Scandal



…How Asenso-Boakye accused A Plus of blackmail over contract to print pay slips

…How A Plus accused Abu Jinapor of corruption at the Ghana Shippers Authority

Even as it has emerged that the Ghana Police Service acted to cover up evidence of corruption against two deputy Chiefs of Staff in the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party, a recruitment of the Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide to do additional damage control has failed woefully to sweep at the heart of the A Plus scandal.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, a senior journalist, has claimed that the allegation by Kwame Asare Obeng, alias A Plus, that Francis Asenso Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor are corrupt is baseless, because A Plus had misfired.

According to him, the Korlebu issue, over which A Plus accuses the two deputy Chiefs of Staff, has to do with A Plus crusading against efforts by them to get the Korlebu Teaching Hospital re-engage Unibank as revenue collectors for the Hospital.

Unibank, supposedly, lost the contract to rivals, Stanbic Bank, but when Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor were complained to by Unibank, they assessed the termination of their contract by Korlebu as irregular and therefore asked the hospital to reengage them.

It was in protest of that re engagement that A Plus concocted corruption allegations against the two, according to Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, a supporter of the ruling NPP.

Even as this claim by Kweku Baako has come along with other problematic revelations, such as the fact that A Plus is a special aide to the Korlebu CEO, Dr. Felix Anyah, that the two deputies had ordered the re-engagement of Unibank because Unibank had contributed to the NPP’s 2016 campaign, and that Dr. Anyah had terminated the contract because of personal grudge, Baako’s take is woefully deficient.

This is because, the Crusading Guide Editor-in-Chief’s explanation leaves out very important aspects of the case that go to the heart of the matter.

Readers would recall that A Plus’ allegation about the two deputy Chiefs of Staff being “thieves” had been made around the time that the NPP had gone for its national Delegates Conference in Cape Coast in August, this year.

Following in the wake of revelations by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, and NPP Pastor, Rev. Owusu Bempah, that Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, a cousin of the President, demands $20,000 as precondition to meet the President, A Plus had said the two were “stupid” and “thieves.”

“NPP Delegates Congress…. 7 months of NPP government. So far so good except appointing some very corrupt officials including the two very stupid deputy chiefs of staff. It’s amazing how Nana was able to appoint thieves whose level of stupidity is the same. Arrogant and corrupt fools. You think you’ll be in power forever. Even John Mahama I was not afraid of him then you,” he had posted on his Facebook timeline.

The allegation had soon been responded to by Francis Asenso-Boakye, who had revealed that A Plus had started the war of words with him after an attempt to blackmail him had failed.

“May I reiterate to you, as I did in April, that I will not be intimidated by your vile attacks on my person or held to ransom,” Mr. Asenso Boakye had said in a reply to A Plus.

Even though the Deputy Chief of Staff had not revealed exactly what A Plus had attempted to blackmail him over, Kwame Baffoe, alias Abronye DC, the ruling NPP’s Regional Youth Organizer for Brong Ahafo, soon revealed that A Plus was angry because he had been refused a contract to print government pay slips.

An angry A Plus, in a later reply on Facebook, hinted that Abu Jinapor had engaged in corruption at the Ghana Shippers Council (now Shippers Authority).

It was while all these allegations were flying around that the police invited A Plus, together with Kennedy Agyapong, to help with investigations into all the allegations that they had made against government appointees.

Ken Agyapong soon beat a hasty retreat, but A Plus went ahead to give a statement to the police.

However, Ghanaians were to be shocked when it emerged that A Plus’ statement to the police had not captured all the public allegations that he and Asenso had thrown at each other, but rather on a supposed contract at Korlebu.

A hasty dismissal of the allegations by the police had seen the Director General of CID, DCOP Bright Oduro, release a statement claiming that A Plus had alleged that the two deputy Chiefs of Staff had misconducted themselves in respect of the Korlebu revenue collection deal with Unibank and Stanbic Bank and that the allegations were baseless.

The dismissal made A Plus look insincere in the eyes of Ghanaians, a thing that allegedly made him secretly record phone conversations with Deputy Director of CID, ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, to clear his name.

Tapes from the conversation capture the woman affirming that, indeed, corruption had been uncovered by the police as A Plus had alleged but that it would be in the interest of the Akufo-Addo government, which A Plus supports, for A Plus to let the matter go.

The revelation about the police cover-up has since led to announcement that the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, CHRAJ, will investigate the matter. Strangely, in the wake of the announcement, A Plus has recanted the allegations and apologized to the two deputies.

It is as the CHRAJ investigation is in the pipeline that Kweku Baako has created the impression that the A Plus scandal is all about the revenue collection contract between Korlebu and Unibank.

But the issues involved in the scandal go far beyond the Korlebu contract.

 Among others, deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye is on record to have alleged that A Plus tried to blackmail him. A Plus has alleged that Samuel Abu Jinapor conducted himself corruptly at the Ghana Shippers Authority, while Abronye DC has alleged that A Plus was angry because he had been refused a pay slip contract.

All these issues are yet to be investigated out.

Meanwhile, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has claimed that A Plus is an unofficial special aide to the CEO of Korlebu, Dr. Felix Anyah. The allegation, dovetails other allegations that A Plus protested efforts by the two deputy Chiefs of Staff to have Korlebu re- engage Unibank because the musician had taken the side of the Korlebu CEO in a personal vendetta against Unibank.

It is said that Dr. Anyah owns a beauty spa at Sogakope in the Volta Region, and that Unibank had terminated a contract with the spa. In retaliation, therefore, Dr. Anyah unilaterally abrogated Korlebu’s revenue collection contract with Unibank and gave it to Stanbic Bank.

In protest, Unibank, which is alleged to have contributed handsomely to the 2016 campaign of the NPP, wrote a protest letter to President Akufo-Addo, but even though the letter was confidential, the two deputy Chiefs of Staff had intercepted it.

Then, they had moved to ensure that Unibank is not taken off the contract with Korlebu. In reprisal, Dr. Anyah had unleashed his special aide, A Plus, to crusade against the two deputy Chiefs of Staff as “corrupt, stupid thieves.”

It is said that in the lobby to have Unibank given back the contract, the two deputy Chiefs of Staff had joined forces with Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, who is also said to be the head of the Volta Caucus in the NPP, and the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.

All of these characters come under suspicion in the matter, as CHRAJ prepares to investigate.




Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels

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