Alfred Agbesi Woyome

In a shocking revelation, DAILY GUIDE has gathered from reliable sources that a bulk of the GH?51.2million judgment debt squeezed from the NDC government by Alfred Agbesi Woyome was retained by functionaries of the government for campaign and personal use.

Reports reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that Mr. Woyome told close friends and lawyers that only about GH?10million to GH?15million of the money got to him.

The rest was used to fund the Get Atta Mills Elected (GAME) machinery which was used to fuel ex-President Evans Atta Mills? second term bid at the NDC congress in Sunyani in July 2011, as well as grease the palms of individuals in the ruling party.

He is said to have contributed generously to the NDC campaign.

A reliable source from Mr. Woyome?s circle who would rather remain anonymous, debunked reports of Woyome?s actual share of the controversial judgment debt endorsed by former Attorney General Betty Mould-Iddrisu.

?It is not true?this is nothing but a political gimmick. I am telling you, it is not true,? the source told DAILY GUIDE.

At the congress, former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings faced off with ex-President Mills to upset the then sitting president?s re-election bid.

Nana Konadu had said, a few weeks after the congress, that several delegates were smuggled in.  ?People who were not delegates were voting as delegates and I know all the delegates; more than a thousand were not delegates, they voted so I let it be because if I wanted to deal with it, I will take the whole bunch to court, but I just decided no. It?s not worth it; let them steal it. If that makes them happy, let them steal it,? she said.

Indeed, Mr. Woyome himself had admitted that he was a top financier of the NDC, but had denied that the funds he used for financing the NDC was from the GH?51.2 million paid to him between 2010 and 2011 as judgment debt.

Taking The Fall

Earlier this year, Mr. Woyome was picked up by fully armed security men and detained for several days even though he admitted that the payment was done with the express consent of key government officials such as the Minister of Finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffour, the then Attorney General, Betty Mould-Iddrisu, the Chief of Staff, Henry Martey Newman and his two deputies, Alex Segbefia and Valerie Sawyer.

President Mills asked the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the controversial judgment debt which was exposed in December 2011 by fiery opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentarian, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.

The EOCO issued damning findings of its investigation which pointed out deliberate fraud.

Mr. Woyome was eventually charged for defrauding the state. He is currently standing trial on both civil and criminal counts.

President John Mahama, at the IEA debate, defended him, saying that the persons who cancelled Woyome?s contract should be blamed, even though Woyome himself had admitted that he had no contract with the State.

By Raphael Ofori-Adeniran


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