…as attempts to divert attention from #NO12 fails
Today the 6th of June 2018, has for several weeks, been crawling up the calendar as a watershed because controversial journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ video “Number 12” has been set for premier.
Strangely, as every Tom, Dick and Harry in the country lines up to watch the footages which capture characters in Ghana’s football administration demanding and collecting bribes, it is on this same day that the Flagstaff House has deemed it fit to schedule a sod cutting ceremony for President Akufo-Addo.
According to a released advert that is circulating in the media, President Akufo-Addo is, today, the 6th of June, to cut sod for the second phase of works on the Kumasi Airport.
“SOD CUTTING – 2ND PHASE OF KUMASI AIRPORT PROJECT. WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE, 2018. VENUE, KUMASI AIRPORT – 12PM,” the advert reads.
The clash of date with Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ premier of “No. 12” has left the advert largely snobbed by the general public. But a few people who have taken notice are perplexed about the clash.
Many are asking why the Flagstaff House would program such an important Presidential event on a day that it is bound to be eclipsed by Anas’ No. 12 video premier.
It gets even more interesting when suddenly it emerges from the archives that the same Second Phase of the Kumasi Airport project was actually initiated by former President John Dramani Mahama.
Indeed in December 2016, then President John Mahama officially cut sod for the start of the second phase of the Kumasi Airport project.
Graphiconline, the main cyber portal of national broadsheet, Graphic, duly archived the sod cutting ceremony for the second phase of the project in 2016. In a 6th December 2016 story filed by Donald Ato Dapatem, it was reported that President Mahama had traveled to Kumasi to cut the sod to give way for Contracta Engehiria, the same contractor working on the new Kumasi Central Market project, to start execution.
“President John Mahama yesterday cut the sod for work to begin on the second phase of the Kumasi International Airport,” the Graphic story’s lead opened. It is this same phase of the contract that President Akufo-Addo on June 6 2018 is cutting sod again to initiate.
Many observers have pointed out that the coincidence of the date of the re-enactment of the sod cutting by Akufo-Addo with that of the premier of Anas’ “No.12” is rather uncanny.
Interestingly, President Akufo-Addo is known to be heavily entangled in the corruption detailed in Anas’ No. 12 video. Indeed Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is reported to have been caught on camera telling investigators who had posed as football investors that he has the President in his pocket.
Available excerpts of the hot video shows that Nyantakyi had asked for a 12million dollar bribe to be channeled through his personal microfinance company, so that 5million dollars would be given to President Akufo-Addo and 3million dollars to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
In the same video, Nyantakyi is also seen promising that he would give 1million dollars to Anthony Karbo, a Deputy Minister and later “settle” Asenso-Boakye, a Deputy Chief-of-Staff. Poignantly, Nyantakyi is a known boy of President Akufo-Addo.
He is said to have sponsored the Presidential campaign of Mr. Akufo-Addo and some other NPP Parliamentary candidates in 2016. Kwesi Nyantakyi was one of a few people that got honorable mention in the victory speech of President Akufo-Addo after he had won the 2016 election.
It would be recalled that after Anas, who had collaborated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to undertake the investigation, had secured the footages, he had first furnished it to President Akufo-Addo to preview.
In spite of prior agreement with the President not to publicize the contents of the video and issues related to it, the President ordered the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyi even though Nyantakyi was then not in Ghana.
Thenceforth, the NPP has done everything to discredit Anas with the party’s notorious loose cannon Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, leading the onslaught.
Among others, Kennedy Agyapong has threatened to expose Anas as a corrupt person himself, imputed adultery and murder to the investigator and even threatened him to the murderous extreme.
It is with the background of such turbulence over the videos that the Flagstaff House, on 5th June, the eve of the date of premier of the video, published adverts to the effect that President Akufo-Addo would be re-cutting sod for the construction of the second phase of the Kumasi Airport project on the same 6th of June, when Anas’ video is billed to premier.
Given that the sod had been cut for the same project by Mr. Akufo-Addo’s predecessor, John Mahama, in as far back as 2016, many are estimating the move as a desperate attempt to divert attention from the premier of No. 12.
Unfortunately for Flagstaff House however, the attention has not shifted from Anas’ video premier – tickets for the premier event scheduled for the International Conference Center reportedly sold out by mid morning on the premier day.