The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame has asked the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa to retract and apologise to him over allegations of conflict of interest leveled against him.
He however served notice that failure by the MP to retract and apologise will compel him to initiate a legal action against the lawmaker.
The minister said in a statement that “I consider the allegation by Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa malevolent and ill-inspired for the simple reason that a cursory examination of the facts would have revealed the untruth in them. I call on the Member of Parliament to retract and apologise to the public for the falsehood he has published against me, failing which I may institute legal action against him.”
In a Facebook post made on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Mr. Ablakwa who has raised several allegations against the construction of a National Cathedral by government wrote “It is quite revealing to observe that when the National Cathedral was incorporated on 18th July, 2019; the then Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame was registered as Secretary.
“During the same period, he served on the board of the Public Procurement Authority which approved David Adjaye’s irregular sole sourcing contract. A clear conflict of interest situation, particularly from additional evidence available to us,” he added.
However, responding in to the claims by the MP, Godred Dame described the allegations as false and dishonest.
He denied the allegations of conflict of interest indicating that there was no company called the National Cathedral of Ghana in existence at the time the PPA board he served on approved the contract.
Read the full rejoinder by the attorney general below:
By Vincent Kubi