Former President John Dramani Mahama has debunked claims that he is demanding the return of a bauxite concession taken from his brother Ibrahim Mahama per a court ruling.
This follows a publication in the Thursday, 8 April 2021 edition of the Daily Guide newspaper, which said the 2020 presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), made the demand as a condition to relate well with President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Describing the Daily Guide report as “nothing but a figment of the imagination of the editor and his so-called sources”, a statement issued by the Office of the former President noted: “President Mahama, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment on his petition, indicated that even though he disagrees with the court, he was nonetheless bound by the verdict”.
“What form of ‘gel’ does the government want with President Mahama, and for which reason, he will even consider making any demands?” the statement questioned.
The statement further maintained that Mr Mahama “has remained the statesman that he is and has remained true to his commitments to multiparty democracy”.
“He continues to have respect for the constitutional structures and has, at no time, made any request nor suggested any conditions, let alone ask for the return of bauxite concessions by any person or entity as a precondition for cooperation with the President”.