New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart and former MP for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa Constituency in the Central Region, P.C. Appiah Ofori, has expressed regret for turning down a request to serve in the erstwhile Mahama governemnt.
According to him, he rejected the offer based on his loyalty to then-candidate Akufo-Addo and the NPP. Therefore accepting to serve in the Mahama government would have been described as a betrayal.
Speaking in an interview with Johnnie Hughes on TV3, the anti-corruption campaigner hailed former President Mahama for his stellar leadership.
”John Mahama himself called me and told me he wanted me to go and play a role in his administration and I told him that if he himself engages in corruption I would not hesitate to expose him.”
“He told me that was why he wanted me to come and be a check on him and his ministers but I didn’t take the position because if I should join NDC administration, it will mean that I had abandoned NPP and I had abandoned Akufo-Addo so I told him I won’t take the position but any corrupt practices that will take place in his administration which will come to my notice, I will draw his attention to it.”
“As a nation, as a country for the better of Ghana, I think if I had placed Ghana’s interest above party and got into that position, I think I would have been able to get all those engaged in corruption prosecuted. So for that, I have regretted.”
PC Ofori also bemoaned the sheer neglect visited on him by President Akufo-Addo after winning the 2016 election. He added that he does not deserve to be abandoned by his own party.
“I championed Akufo-Addo and put him up from 2007 up to the time he became president 2017. I am not happy about my abandonment. I am not happy about the way Akufo-Addo doesn’t know me again.
“Either he has blocked my line or changed his line. If I call him it doesn’t go [through]. I personally petitioned Akufo-Addo that I wanted to be sent to the board of the [Office of] Special Prosecutor so that I will become the investigator but no response from him.
“I wrote the letter as soon as the Special Prosecutor was appointed. I just wanted to go there to investigate all these Auditor General’s reports. Some of the Auditor General’s reports are not comprehensive enough,” he said.