Self-acclaimed financier of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Centralin the CentralRegion,KennedyOhene Agyepong, has openly admitted that he was made rich under Kufuor regime with questionable and juicygovernment contracts.
“Although I was a goodbusinessman,I did goodbusiness under president Kufuor. Those times, whenever I get to the office they know me as president’s boy so the little that I wanted lawfully, theygave it to me”,he told hostof the Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem show, Captain Smart, last Friday.
But despite his open and public apology to ex-President Kufuor, The Herald has landed dirty files, ostensibly from the Kufuor government on multimillion dollar state contracts dished to the NPP MP. Some of the contractswere in blatant disregard for state procurement laws. Some of the document mentioned the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB).
Mr. Agyepong told his interviewer;“Irespect him,because he did a lot for me. Yesterday when I said I won’t go to his house, I felt bad when I publicly stated it, although that was how I thought.I think that when I come back, I will go to his house. If a man saves your life, you are indebted to him for the rest of your life. I don’t know what I said that made him sack me fromhis house.
But today, I have slept over it, wept and I think that as I speak to you I won’tweep like that.So when I come back, I will go back to his house and saythat I amsorryforsaying that I won’t go to house.But as forthe sack,indeedhe sacked me, he is a very goodman,” he said.
The Herald in that publication revealed how some insiders of the party close to ex-PresidentKufuor,felt peeved about Mr. Agyepong’s recent outburst, claiming that he was once driven out from ex-President Kufuor’s residence, because of his decision not to support his(Kufour’s) choice of candidate, John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremantengas the NPP’s flagbearer.
The insiders, questioned why the lawmakerwould descend so low to spew lies about Mr. Kufuor, when in factduring his presidency, he Mr. Agyepong was made a billionaire, because of a deliberate decision by the president’s lieutenants, to award to him juicy contracts to enhance his businesses.
Following that expose’, the ex-presidentthrough his spokesperson in far away United States of America (USA) issued a statement debunkingMr.Agyepong’sclaims and cautioned him to refrain from statements that has the tendency to disunite the NPP.
But in a follow up interviewwith AdomFM’s Dwaso Nsem recently, the MP admitted haven benefitted exceptionally from PresidentKufuor’sgovernment,pointing out that at the time, he was tagged as the “President’s boy”and so he was given anything he wanted as a businessmogul.
According to the MP, although before Mr.Kufuor’s presidency, he was doing well as a businessman, he acknowledged that he was raised up higher during Mr. Kufuor’s tenure,because hisbusinesses flourished immensely owing to the many luscious contracts he got.
The rather sober sounding MP although admitted that the way and manner he spoke about ex-President Kufuor on that fateful day on radio was inappropriate, he still stood on his grounds that the former leaderindeedsacked himfrom his Airport West residence.
Mr. Agyepong, however, revealed that he feels indebted to him for what he did for him at the time.
Mr. Agyepong, last week touched the painful part of Mr. Kufuor by claiming that the ex-presidentdrove himout of his Airport West private residence for choosing to support Nana Akufo-Addo, instead of Alan Kyeremanteng as NPP presidential candidate for the 2008 Presidential elections.
But ex-PresidentKufuor’sinnercircles countered by revealing that the Assin CentralMP,was rathermade a billionaire by the ex-NPP regime,as he was drawn closer to the presidency and offered juicy government contracts, especially at the EnergyMinistryrooted through hiswife, Stella Agyepong, mostly withoutcompetitive tender.
Some of his companies were mentioned as Mina D’oro Ventures, Super Care Limited and Messrs Imperial World Business Limited. They made millions of US dollars from the National Electrification Scheme (NES), project under the Kufuor regime.
Frank Agyekum, Special Aide to former President Kufuor, has also in a statement issued from New York and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Wednesday, suggestedthat Mr. Agyepong had lied about his relationship with the ex-President, and described his claims as “reckless”.
Mr. Kufuor, also in the statement dared the ex-Energy Minister, Kofi Adda to reveal the real reason why he was sacked from the EnergyMinistry.
Impeccable sources in the office of the ex-President told The Herald how Mr. Agyepong was paid millions of United States Dollars as “finder’s fee” for the Chinese funded US$622 million Bui Hydroelectric construction by Sinohydro Company.
Some officials in the office of the ex-President described Mr. Agyepong as “an ungrateful person” and challenged him to mention the names of the companies with the thousandsof employees he has been boasting about.
To the best knowledge of the ex-president’s office, apart from Oman FM and Net2 television, Mr. Agyepong issolely into procurement and supplyof items, mainly from China.
The statement issued and signed in NewYork by Mr. Frank Agyekum, said that “it is emphatic that no such discussion took place between him and Mr. Agyapong and, therefore, the said incidentcould not have happened.
“Mr. Adjepong’s assertion can just not be true,” said the statement.
With regards to Dr. Adda, Mr. Kufuor said, the reasons for which he lost his post are well known to him(Mr.Adda)and had nothing to do with his support for Mr. Kyeremanteng or any other candidate, adding that Dr. Adda must state his position.
The statement appealed to members of the NPP to refrain from making reckless statements that have no foundation in truth and would only serve to tear members apart.
“Members must do things that will help consolidate the party’s front and woo outsiders into itsfold,instead of doing things that create disunity and confusion.
“If we are able to do this now, we stand in a good position to win the future.
“Members must at alltimes be minded of the core values of the party that has been its distinctive feature and helped to sustain it for the past 60years,evenas we strengthen our structures to wrestle power in 2016, and not do things that will dissipate our energies,”it said.
-The Herald Newspaper