Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has taken a swipe at lawyer Martin Kpebu for describing President Akufo-Addo as a member of a criminal syndicate at the presidency.
He described the comments as shameful and unfortunate.
The private legal practitioner stated that President Akufo-Addo is involved in corruption and its related activities reported under his tenure.
He said the failure of the President to deal with the corruption issues shows that he was deeply involved.
According to him, a recent brewing issue regarding some alleged signature forgery in a ¢10 million case at the Northern Development Authority (NDA) has been left unattended.
“I think so far the President, probably, hasn’t heard; maybe, we need to repeat it more forcefully for him to hear that he is part of the criminal syndicates at the Jubilee House – the President is certainly part.
“All these corruptions cannot happen without the President’s involvement,” he claimed in an interview on Newsfile on JoyNews.
He added that President Akufo-Addo, despite promises he made, has demonstrated “an abysmal failure” in fighting bribery and corruption in his own government.
“We have to say with all the energy we can master that he is part of the criminal syndicate and that, look, we will not take this from him – he has to just step down. He is not interested in any process because in opposition, he said he would use the Anas principle, he wasn’t going to use this adversarial system.
“What’s the Anas principle – private investigations. The President should tell you and me how many Anas principles he has used since he came – an abysmal failure, this is a 419,” he said unequivocally.
Reacting, the Information Minister in a series of tweets said “It is shameful and totally unprofessional to hear lawyer Kpebu without any factual basis, accuse the President of the Republic of being a member of a criminal syndicate. Even more worrying is the fact that a media house which is to be respected,
airs such content and happily reproduces it on websites and social media in a bid to achieve clicks and revenues on the backdrop of unfounded insults at its national leaders. We all uphold freedoms of speech and association but let’s be responsible in how we do this.”