Central Regional Communications Director of the NDC, Bernard Allotey Jacobs has taken the controversy surrounding the Woyome financial scandal to yet another level by telling Mr. Woyome ‘to go to hell’.
According to Allotey Jacobs, he is confident about the position of President Mills that the matter be investigated to expose all the issues involved in the payment of the GHC58million so he cares less about the latest accusation by Mr. Woyome against the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).
“I don’t care if he goes to court against EOCO, he can even go to heaven if he wants, as long as he thinks he can defend himself,” he said.
He disclosed that the NPP is more liable than any official of the NDC in the whole matter and warned the NPP officials who are politicizing the issue to desist from such propaganda because those who are likely to go to jail over the Woyome issue are NPP members and not NDC.
Allotey Jacobs denied claims that Mr. Alfred Woyome is an NDC financier because he (Allotey) has never met him nor does he know him to be associated with the NDC but rather the NPP.
He challenged the NPP to come out with the grand scheme planned between some members of the NPP and Alfred Woyome at the time the agreement was done between them purposely to ‘chop’ the nation’s money instead of blaming the Mills administration.
These explanations notwithstanding, the NPP member of parliament for Ahafo-Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu argued that not only did Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu support what he described as the fraudulent payment of money to Mr. Woyome, but connived with other members of government to steal and ‘chop’ Ghana’s money.
He identified government officials to be cited for fraud in the scheme as, Mrs. Mould Iddrisu, Dr. Kwabena Duffour, Finance Minister, Chief of Staff Mr. Newman, Director at the finance ministry, Deputy Attorney General Ebo Barton Odro and President Mills since his office was notified of the payment before it was effected.
The NPP MP expressed his disappointment at the former Attorney General, Mrs. Mould Iddrisu adding that even a first year law student would not make such a mistake. “I suspect that the allegation by Herbert Mensah some time ago about the GHC90million came from this Woyome scandal that we are now witnessing,” said Balado Manu.
“Ask them if Woyome did not pay for their Sunyani “gargantuan’ congress?” he said repeatedly.
The Ahafo Ano South MP said the only way to properly investigate this Woyome issue is to bring it before the Public Accounts Committee of parliament or a commission of enquiry but that suggestion was rejected by Allotey Jacobs who accused the NPP of wanting to influence the case against the government because the Public Accounts Committee is chaired by their member.