Hajia Fawaz Karim, the woman who was seen in the viral video speaking to Akufo-Addo before the receipt of the $40k cash in the brown envelope has refuted the authenticity of the footage.
According to her, the video was taken way back in 2016 in the private office of the then candidate Akufo-Addo and had nothing to do with his assumption of office as president of Ghana as earlier reported by the opposition, National Democratic Party (NDC).
In an interview with Asaase Radio an Accra-based media house, Hajia Fawz said the original video was doctored by the NDC to paint Akufo-Addo black. Speaking on the content of the video, Hajia Fawaz said the money together with 1,000 party T-shirts were donated towards the campaign of the NPP.
“It was before the 2016 elections. I had about 1000 t-shirts which had the pictures of the then-presidential candidate and his vice and added an amount of GH¢40,000 to support Nana. I went there as a party supporter,” she said while expressing shock at the turn out of events.
Meanwhile, the NPP through its deputy campaign manager, Mustapha Hamid has warned media houses to desisit from showing the video or risk been sued.
“It’s all over social media. Yesterday, they even dared to show it on a television station. We are coming after that television station. It is defamatory on the President of Ghana. It is unethical and unprofessional. You take old videos of campaign donation and distort it, seeking to make it look like a recent video, come on. Is the NDC too incompetent to fake a video correctly? You want to run a nation and can’t even fake things.”
“Listen to the narrative they attached to the video, that the president took a bribe of $40,000. This in 2016 was equivalent to GHS168,000. Really? And they think that people will believe? Let’s even escalate it to $40,000 at the current rate, that will give GHS230,000. It cannot even buy the engine of the Ford expedition that candidate Mahama took,” he added.