The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, credibility to fight corruption is a suspect.
We draw this conclusion on the basis that the sitting President of Ghana has failed and or neglected to supervise the constitutional injunction of declaring the sources of income of New Patriotic Party (NPP).
There is no evidence that the President himself has filed before his party the source of his campaign funding since 2008.
In Article 55 (14) of Constitution, 1992, all political parties are mandated to declare their sources of revenues, inter-alia. However, from a search done by the Centre for Constitutional Order (CENCORD), the President and his party woefully failed this constitutional integrity test.
It is the case of the global order conventions that source of funding or revenue means the identity of the contributor. This identity test includes names, address and location of the persons and or institutions of those who contributed to a particular political party. This is hugely supported by relevant information on the subject from the website of United Kingdom (UK) Electoral Commission and related matters.
It is further reasoned that within the meaning of the legal order of the Republic of Ghana, only Ghanaians and or entities of Ghanaian control could legally contribute to the financing of political party and or individual campaigns. This is to protect the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people from being hijacked by foreign elements and drive and dry up the Nation’s resource into the hands of others other than the sovereign people of the Republic. The law further seeks to dry up corruption in the highest offices in the Land such as who gets which Government’s contract and for what reason and at what price.
In this vein section 21 of the Political Parties Act, 2000 (Act 574) stipulates that:
“Returns and accounts of political parties (1) A political party shall, within six months from 31st December of each year, file with the Commission (a) a return in the form specified by the Commission indicating, (i) the state of its accounts, (ii) the sources of its funds, (iii) membership dues paid, (iv) contributions or donations in cash or kind, (v) the properties of the party and the time of acquisition, (vi) any other particulars reasonably required by the Commission, and (b) the audited accounts of the party for the year”.
A search conducted by CENCORD at the Electoral Commission shows a sorry lawlessness by all registered political parties and or individual contested parties in the various presidential and parliamentary elections in the Republic. This has been the case since 2000.
It is even more alarming to evidence that NPP, the ruling party in Ghana, is the worse culprit. The only available document that the NPP has filed between the years 2000 and 2018 was 2015 Financial Statement. In that Financial Statement, the source of funding or revenue or income with respect to the identity of the contributors, is glaringly missing.
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The big question is how then did Nana Addo finance his campaign in all the three elections leading to 2016 elections that he won?
The question posed supra cannot be answered by CENCORD since there is no such record to rely on. It must be answered by the sitting President in the Land, H.E. Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo Esq. This is an integrity issue for the President as he has sworn an oath to protect the integrity of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. But the President has not answered this question. And because he has not answered the question, the President is not in the position to ask his competitors the same question let alone demanding an answer from them. This is a foundational corruption issue.
It is therefore the opinion of CENCORD that the President is a suspect in how he financed his campaign and does not have the moral ground to fight corruption. CENCORD can therefore not trust the President now that he holds the purse of the Nation and remains without an answer to the question in issue. We request the Nation to stay tuned for the details of what is hidden in darkness on this subject. There shall be light.