Member of Parliament for Assin South, John Ntim Fordjour
Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency in the Central Region on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, has wondered why the National Democratic Congress (NDC) appears not to be too keen on finding out the real identities of Government Official 1 and Intermediary 5 in Airbus SE bribery scandal.
According to him, it is obviously an NDC government official who is being mentioned in the Crown Court ruling regarding the Airbus bribery scandal since no other political party, aside the NDC, was in power between 2009 and 2015.
The Crown Court at Southwark in the United Kingdom passed judgment on 31st January 2020, between the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Airbus SE, in which the European multinational aerospace corporation was fined $3.9 billion for the payment of bribes to secure deals in the five countries named Ghana.
The London High Court found Airbus guilty and imposed a fine of three billion pounds (£3bn) as penalties.
Airbus was charged with five counts of failing to prevent bribery, having used a network of secret agents to pay large-scale backhanders to officials in foreign countries to land high-value contracts.
Airbus has admitted paying bribes in order to secure contracts in Ghana, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
In the case of Ghana, the operations were reported to have taken place between 2009 and 2015; during which former President Mahama served as vice president and subsequently president.
Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, Hon. Ntim Fordjour wondered why the Minority NDC in Parliament became agitated when he proposed on the floor of Parliament the need for the House to also inquire about the people behind the coded names, Government Official 1 and Intermediary 5.
“No matter the name that will be mentioned at the end of the investigation, the person will be a member of the NDC because NPP was not in power then. The NDC should rather have called for the probe when the Airbus bribery scandal came up to ascertain the truth in the scandal because NDC was in power and the scandal will affect the image of their party.”