The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on President Akufo Addo to open himself up for transparent and credible investigations by an independent body to clear his name in the bribery scandal involving the former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi.

The party’s call comes in the wake of FIFA’s life ban imposed on Mr Nynatakyi on all football related activities.

The Ex-CAF Vice President has been fined $500,000 for several breaches of ethics, according to FIFA. He was caught on camera accepting $65,000 “cash gift” from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

The chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee who announced the ban disclosed that the committee found Mr. Nyantakyi guilty of having violated act. 19 (Conflicts of Interest), act 21 (Bribery and Corruption) and act 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.

The NDC party in a statement said “FIFA’s decision to ban Mr. Nyantakyi after months of rigorous investigations raises serious questions about the involvement of President Akuffo-Addo in the bribery scandal; and also brings to the fore, once again, the need for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to inform Ghanaians about the status of their investigations into this scandal which has tarnished the image of Ghanaians and Ghana. 

It further added: “We are appalled, that unlike FIFA, the government of Ghana has made little effort to look into the matter with a view to bringing culpable officials to book, despite available evidence. We find as completely inadequate, the purported investigation by the Police CID whose conduct has served to compromise any outcome.

“We urge President Akufo-Addo to open himself up for transparent and credible investigations by an independent body to clear his name in the said matter.”

 

Below is the full statement

For immediate release

National Democratic Congress Statement on FIFA’s Lifetime Ban of Kwasi Nyantakyi

The National Democratic Congress has taken note of FIFA’s lifetime ban imposed on Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former President of the Ghana Football Association and a close confidant of President Akuffo-Addo.

This lifetime ban is the result of painstaking investigations conducted by the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which exposed corruption and bribery involving senior Ghana Football Association officials.

FIFA’s decision to ban Mr. Nyantakyi after months of rigorous investigations raises serious questions about the involvement of President Akuffo-Addo in the bribery scandal; and also brings to the fore, once again, the need for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to inform Ghanaians about the status of their investigations into this scandal which has tarnished the image of Ghanaians and Ghana.

It would be recalled that Mr. Nyantakyi was caught on video revealing very worrying corrupt practices and in the process implicated the President of the Republic, H. E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo as the head of a bribe collection syndicate at the Presidency.

More pointedly, Mr. Nyantakyi was seen in the said tape, arranging for the payment of $5 million to the President and similar amounts for several top government officials, in order to facilitate the award of juicy contracts to supposed investors.

Mr. Nyantakyi also suggested in the said video, that such acts have made the President amenable to his influence.

We are appalled, that unlike FIFA, the government of Ghana has made little effort to look into the matter with a view to bringing culpable officials to book, despite available evidence.

We find as completely inadequate, the purported investigation by the Police CID whose conduct has served to compromise any outcome.

We urge President Akufo-Addo to open himself up for transparent and credible investigations by an independent body to clear his name in the said matter.

We expect that government will take a cue from FIFA’s firm action and take steps to put this matter to rest in a manner that restores dignity and confidence in the integrity of the Presidency and our football as a whole.

Signed,
Kofi Adams
(National Organiser)
30th October, 2018