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No Agreement Has Been Reached To Allow Mahama Keep Cantonments Home – NPP Debunks Statement From The Ex-President

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Spokesperson for the transition team of the NPP, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has refuted the claims of a statement released by the office of former President Mahama that an agreement has been reached for him to keep his current bungalow at Cantonments.

Speaking to Joy Fm in an interview early Monday, the newly sworn in MP for Ofoaso Ayirebi said that whilst President Mahama’s team had communicated the request to them, no agreement had been reached for him to keep the house.

This follows a building controversy sparked by reports that Mahama is keeping his current residence – situated at Cantonments in Accra and which he started using as a Vice President – thus depriving current Vice President Dr Bawumia of a place to stay. That prompted a statement from Mahama’s team debunking the reports, noting that whilst he was keeping the residence, Dr Bawumia would be housed at Australia House, where Amissah Arthur had been staying the past four years.

But speaking to Joy Fm, Oppong Nkrumah noted that the claims of the statement cannot be true, since it seemed to indicate that the NDC took the decision and then communicated it to the NPP.

“The request have been made by the former president [John] Mahama. Indeed the request was made at the time he was president and if you read my senior brother, Edward Omane Boamah’s statement it suggests that the decision was made and then communicated to us which with great respect cannot be the case,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

According to him, whilst Mahama wants to keep the Cantonments residence, the NPP would scrutinise the request and get back to him with a reply within the “shortest possible time.”

Majority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, sounded a similar tune when he spoke on the issue. He said whilst the President has sanctioned providing a residence for Mahama, no decision has been made on which residence he gets.



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