The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, Sam Dzata George, has rubbished allegations Ibrahim Mahama was invited by the Economic and Organised Crime Office for issuing dud cheques.
Speaking on Class Fm, he described the whole issue as being blown out of proportion since the invitation to EOCO had long been scheduled.
“I think that this is much ado about nothing. This meeting is something that had been scheduled the last time Ibrahim was at EOCO, so this is not a new call…because EOCO had made certain claims and Ibrahim had clarified those claims, which had to do with cheques issued to GRA.” he said.
Sam George also explained the situation over the cheques, brushing away the allegations of fraud.
“There was an arrangement between himself and the GRA when he brought in equipment to work for government, and as part of the arrangement, for the duty to be staggered over a period of two years with interest, those equipment were brought in solely for government work…and so when government paid him through the Ministry of Roads, then the deduction is made on the duty, I mean this is standard practice that happens at the GRA.” he said.
He added: “Now the issues has to do with the new government came in and had to put a freeze on payments to contractors, Ibrahim’s company did have some payments that were due and were frozen, and so the question is if you’ve frozen the payments, not just his company but all contractors, how then do you expect him to meet his obligations and so the dates for payments were due, previous cheques had been honoured and so it is not just one cheque, a number of cheques have been issued to GRA and a number of them had cleared,”
Meanwhile, GraphicOnline reports supporters of Ibrahim are massing up outside the offices of EOCO to express support.