The Parliamentary Candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Effutu constituency, Dr James Kofi Annan has denied claims of being a thief alleging that the incumbent Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin is the one using the police to intimidate him.
Contrary to police claims that he dishonestly used money which is not his, Dr Kofi Annan revealed that a prominent sub-chief in the Central Region, (name withheld) donated an amount of GH¢100,000 to support his association “Winneba is King Movement” for specific activities in the Effutu constituency long before his declaration as to the Parliamentary Candidate for the NDC.
The money, according to Kofi Annan was paid in two equal instalments, one on the 4th of February 2020 through the Consolidated Bank Ghana and the other on the 7th of February 2020 via the same bank.
He backed his claims with two receipts of the deposits which were made into his account.
He revealed that he received a phone call from the Criminal Investigation Department(CID) in Winneba instructing him(Kofi Annan) to report to the Winneba district police Commander in connection with the deposits made into his account.
He added that upon arrival the said CID informed him (Kofi Annan) and his team were told that a man by name Ackah had lodged a complaint with the police that someone had wrongfully lodged money into his(Kofi Annan) personal account and that he was seeking a refund of the said money.
“All this while, the police administration, unknown to me and without any discussion with me, had secured a court order and had managed to secure my bank statement from the Ghana Commercial Bank(GCB) Winneba branch” Kofi Annan lamented.
This, he explained, was obviously a breach of faith as nothing of that sort had been discussed with him.
Dr Annan observed that his checks further revealed that the complainant appears to have links with the Parliamentary candidate of NPP, Alexander Afenyo Markin.
“My preliminary investigations tells me that the said company, Petrinock Investment Enterprise and its attendant account were deliberately set up primarily to wage a smear campaign against my person to find something of smear value against me since my opponent has so far failed to get any single scandal around me” he added.
Dr Annan, therefore, protested the conduct of the Ghana Police Service in Winneba and dared the administration to extend their investigations to include the said complainant in order to arrest those behind the scheme rather than their veiled attempt to focus on an innocent person.
“Somebody should tell my opponent, Afenyo-Markin that he will not get any scandal around me unless he manufactures some for me” he warned.