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Hajia Fawzia Karim, the woman at the centre of the video that captured Nana Akufo-Addo, receiving an amount of money concealed in a brown envelope described as a bribe, has finally broken her silence over the footage, but omitted some very salient details.
Hajia Fawzia Karim, who claims to be a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Asaase Radio yesterday, said that the video was recorded by Salis Yakubu Atsuluho of the Salis Newspaper, because Salis was one of the two persons who accompanied her to Akufo-Addo’s private residence where she handed over the money to the politician.
Interestingly, she did not give her motive for taking a secret video maker to Akufo-Addo’s residence.
It is bizarre to have taken hidden cameras to the home of the politician without an ulterior motive on the part of the people present, including, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Adjei Bawuah.
The relationship between Salis, Hajia Fawzia Karim and her husband; Director of the Department of Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu and Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Adjei Bawuah, has not been established, that is making Salis the secret video maker, appear to be on a mercenary job for the couple.
Although, Salis is yet to speak, Hajia Fawzia Karim, has fiercely described the video as doctored, suggesting that she had watched an original version done by Salis and thus making a comparison between an original video and the supposed fake one.
Hajia Fawzia Karim, was even aware when the video was recorded in the home of Akufo-Addo. She mentioned 2016, when Alhaji Abass, her husband was still in office as the Director for Urban Roads during John Dramani Mahama’s administration.
Already, Salis has been identified by Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, who disclosed that he had introduced him to Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Tiger Eye, known for their sensational secret videos, including the Number 12; the video on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as well as the one in which some judges were seen collecting what was described as bribe.
Interestingly, the NPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, is calling on Alhaji Abass, who is the Director for Urban Roads, to speak on the video.
Hajia Fawzia, had insisted on Asaase Radio, that the footage has been doctored, adding that they had visited candidate Akufo-Addo to donate towards his 2016 campaign. According to her, she donated 1000 t-shirts and GH¢40,000 on her own volition.
“It was before the 2016 elections. I had about 1000 t-shirts which had the pictures of the then-presidential candidate and his vice and added an amount of GH¢40,000 to support Nana. I went there as a party supporter,” she said, while expressing shock at the turn of events.
In the last couple of days, two video clips with the same setting and scenery, but with different narrations have been in circulation, stoking a conversation about whether or not President Akufo-Addo, has gone against his pledge not to condone any act of corruption.
One of the files which sought to suggest Akufo-Addo’s incorruptible tag, was a mere gimmick, forms part of a forty-minute supposed investigative piece by the Salis Newspaper that uncovered how the President was influenced with an amount of $40,000 concealed in a brown envelope to ignore corruption and NDC affiliation claims against Director of the Department of Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu.
In the said video, Alhaji Abass, according to the narrator, sent a delegation to the President to his private residence in Nima.
“They were led to the president by Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Adjei Bawuah. In his company, was a woman and a man who were introduced as wife and brother of the Director of Urban Roads.”
A second video, however, suggests otherwise. Although, the scene and personalities are same as Salis, the conversation is entirely different; it’s a donation and not a bribe. The unseen man, who the newspaper in its report claims is the brother of Alhaji Abass, is rather heard discussing how they could assist in the electioneering campaign.
The footage suggests that, the three personalities [Ambassador Bawuah, a lady and a man whose face is not captured] had been to Akufo-Addo’s home to offer resources in order to grease the wheels of his campaign.
The NDC, insists it was a bribery scene involving the President, stressing it was aimed at making him soften his hands over the allegations against Alhaji Abass.
But without equivocation, Hajia Fawzia, in her interview, stated that the meeting was not about her husband, Alhaji Abass Awolu.
But Kennedy Agyapong, wouldn’t have that, insisting that Alhaji Abass’s failure to address the issue, will be a disgrace on his hard-earned reputation, adding that the wife will be the cause. He mentioned that, Abass could be considered as an accomplice, if he fails to heed his counsel.
“I’m surprised Alhaji Abass’s name has been mentioned and he has not come out to speak on the issue… You Abass, if your wife disgraces you like this and you don’t respond, even the people you work with will be afraid of you,” he said.
The outspoken MP, thus urged the Urban Roads Director to let Ghanaians in on the true story behind the leaked tape that captured Akufo-Addo receiving an amount of money concealed in a brown envelope.
It is based on this that, Kennedy Agyapong has asked Alhaji Abass to tell Ghanaians the whole truth about the matter.
Speaking on NET2 TV National Agenda, monitored by GhanaWeb, he said, “…So, I think Abass should come out to let Ghanaians know the true story. If not, they are sacrificing him.”
“Also, if he thinks he is left with 4 months to retire therefore he doesn’t care, that’s fine, but the 4 months left, you have to retire with dignity. You cannot let your wife destroy the reputation you built over the years.”
“You still look fine in your 60 years, and if you retire, you can have a very big company and be a consultant for big companies so you cannot allow your wife to destroy your reputation because if he doesn’t speak on this matter, he will be disgraced for life.”
Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has asked the general public to disregard the bribery allegation leveled against the President, stressing it is false information being propagated by the opposition NDC. While noting that the government has braced itself for more fabricated and concocted information with a few days to the elections, Mr Nkrumah, said the encounter captured on tape ensued at a time Akufo-Addo, was not yet president.
“Whilst we are not surprised by the new low by the opposition candidate and his party, we remind Ghanaians that they should expect more of such falsehoods and fabrications in the days leading up to the election,” he said in a statement.
“It has become clear that candidate Mahama’s failed campaign now sees fake news and fabrications, as well as an amendment of their earlier promises as the only hope to salvage what is going to be another decisive victory for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP.
“We are disappointed that Mr Mahama and the current NDC leadership will stoop so low with obvious fabrications which they hope can change the minds of Ghanaians. It is and will always be their stock-in-trade.
“The people of Ghana are discerning and will not be swayed by obvious fabrications designed by persons who always seek to bring the name of the Republic into disrepute and sully its image amongst the comity of nations.
“For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has never been involved in any untoward conduct, let alone take a bribe. The original footage of the incident shows it clearly as a 2016 campaign donation and nothing more,” he stressed.
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has also said same and disclosing that he introduced Salis Yakubu Atsuluho to Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the Tiger Eye PI fame.
“I just don’t know how I feel. This gentleman, Salis Yakubu Atsuluho, he is the guy behind the Salis newspaper, he is the guy who did the secret recording of candidate Akufo-Addo”, Kweku Baako told Accra-based Peace FM on Wednesday, 2 December 2020.
“That is the guy who was behind ‘Who Watches The Watchman 1’; that’s the same guy. Look, this is the same guy whose entry into Tiger Eye was influenced by me. That’s why I say I don’t know how I feel. In 2006, I was seated at the base – Coffee Shop – when this gentleman walked up to me and, in fact, opened up to me that he was an NDC activist; now he’s an NPP member”.
“He’s a political prostitute and a mercenary of the highest order”, Mr. Baako said, adding: “I regret because I led him to Anas and introduced him to Tiger Eye and in four, five months, Anas dismissed him”.
“This is 2006 and then he set up his own group”.
Mr Baako said, “he’s the person behind Salis newspaper. He lied that I secretly recorded the President at the time Anas went to show him some excerpts of his documentary”.
“The guy we are dealing with has fled. As I speak to you, I know he has exited to Benin”, he revealed to host Kwami Sefa Kayi.
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