Moustapha Hamid, spokesperson of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, claims his boss cannot be faulted in yet another $1.1 million judgment debt controversy.
Moustapha Hamid insists Nana Addo was neither reckless nor corrupt in directing government to pay judgment debt it owed to a Swiss company Great Cape.
The Company was awarded costs for breach of a 1978 contract it had with the then government to supply clinker. Subsequent governments have since been paying the debts incurred as a result of the breach of the contract.
In 1997, the then NDC government paid an amount of $927,000 in what was expected to be the final payment of the debt owed the company. But the Great Cape company returned with a petition that the interest due them was miscalculated.
According to them, the interest calculation was to end in 1998 but was truncated in 1987.
They were therefore requesting payment of a little over 1 million dollars to settle the difference.
On assumption of office in 2001, Nana Addo as Attorney General and on the recommendation by his predecessor, wrote to the Finance Ministry asking for payment to be made to the Great Cape Company.
Somehow the amount was not paid within the eight-year tenure of the NPP. When the NDC assumed office in 2009, the company went to government with the petition requesting for payment but government explained they had no documentation justifying any such payment.
The Local Representative of the company, Dr Nat Tanoh, a brother of Goozie Tanoh then came to Nana Addo in 2011 requesting that he [Nana Addo] authenticates the letter he wrote to the Finance Ministry in 2001, a request Nana obliged.
Nana Addo thenÂ wrote another letter dated 3rd October 2011Â in reply to the request of the Great Cape Company for authentication of his signature.
The two letters were cited in a â€śshocking judgment debtsâ€ť press conference held by government officials, Monday.
A deputy Information Minister accused the NPP flagbearer of hypocrisy and insincerity.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa insists Nana Addo cannot publicly chastise the Mills administration for paying judgments and privately write letters asking for judgment debts to be paid to companies.
â€śIt is important for all of us to approach this judgment debt issue with some candour, some sincerity. It is not fair when on daily basis activists of the NPP say that judgment debt is corruption. This whole judgment debt is been introduced by President Mills so that cronies will be given monies belonging to the state so that we go round and take a percentage,â€ť he said on Joy News.
He said it is not true that Nana Addo as Attorney General went to court on all issues about judgment debt, saying, the NPP flagbearer merely accepted the petition solicitors of Great Cape brought in 2001 for the amount of $1.1 milion to be paid.
But Moustapha Hamid said government misfired.
He explained Nana Addo agreed with the Solicitor General of the Ministry of Justice in Ghana for the payment to be made to Great Cape and not the solicitors of Great Cape as Okudzeto would have the world believe.
He also maintained Nana Addo could not have gone to court on an issue that long been litigated the judgment passed.