Mr. Koku Anyidoho, Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has vowed not to defend or involve himself in issues concerning the former Mahama administration, stating categorically that he is got his integrity to protect.
Speaking during an interview with an Accra-based radio station, Neat Fm, the firebrand Deputy General Secretary explained that his credibility and integrity is critical to him hence the need to stay off issues regarding transactions that took place during the former NDC administration, especially issues he personally knew little about.
Mr. Anyidoho, who was responding to questions concerning the alleged purchase of 43 brand new vehicles authorized by the former Mahama government, suggested that those issues would have been best handled by the various former government spokespersons.
The former Mahama administration is alleged to have ordered for the supply of 43 specialised vehicles barely eight days to handing over power to the incoming NPP government.
According to reports, the purchase of the cars, which are said to be capable of firing rounds of ammunition and are designed to withstand the effects of a hand grenade, were reportedly sanctioned by the former Deputy National Security Coordinator, Alhaji Salifu Osman.
The supplier, Shell Speciality Vehicles, describes the cars as having all four passenger compartments and roofs protected by high-quality armour steel and glass to defeat NATO ball ammunition.
Following the publication about the alleged purchase of 43 vehicles by the former NDC government in some pro-government media outlets, little or no attempt has been made by the former government spokespersons to talk about the transaction until a recent comment by former presidential staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, who claimed also that the NDC government ordered some 43 new vehicles few days before leaving office upon the request of the incoming Akufo-Addo government and threatened to release documentary evidence to prove their case that there was “nothing fishy” in the deal.
“What would have been the motivation to place an order for these vehicles for use by the office of the president? I don’t want to mention names but I know that in the coming days if this issue of trying to make sure that governance is a continuum at the request of an incoming government is used to try and tag our government as corrupt, we will have no choice but to provide documentary proof to confirm the fact that this request was made during the transition process by the current government. So there is nothing fishy about it and I think the timing itself should make Ghanaians know that it wasn’t President Mahama who was going to be in office after January 7.th So what was the need to procure this kind of vehicles when we were leaving office?” He told Citifm in an interview over the weekend.
But, according to Koku Anyidohu, it is unfortunate for such a vacuum to be created within the communication space where no former government appointees want to speak on the issue.
“To the extent that a vacuum is created and for us communication people nobody wants vacuum because when you create vacuum nature will fill itself. And the truth of the matter is also that I personally cannot come out to say something I have no idea about, I will not defend the indefensible, I will not speak to issues I know nothing about. My integrity is critical to me,” he emphasized.
He said since there were former government appointees who knew about the transaction it would be appropriate for them to respond equally to claims made by the Akufo-Addo government.