It has emerged that the National Democratic Congress (NDC), under the leadership of former President John Mahama, attempted to illegally print about GH¢1 billion to finance its 2016 campaign.
According to a Daily Guide report, the erstwhile Mahama administration entered into the ‘criminal deal’ on the blind side of Bank of Ghana with the help of a ‘middle man’, who is a Nigerian.
The report says the fraudulent deal was to print GH¢50 notes only, to the tune of GH¢1 billion to aid the NDC persuade voters to side with them in the 2016 elections.
However, the deal failed to go through at the eleventh hour because the official printer of Ghana’s currency in Europe, Crane, allegedly refused to get involved, citing some financial irregularities and criminality.
The report added that though the Nigerian advised for the currency to be printed in GH¢5 to avoid possible detection, some NDC top shots within the corridors of Flagstaff House allegedly kicked against the smaller denomination.
Though it is not clear whether the then Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, was directly involved in the deal, Daily Guide says one of his deputies was neck-deep in the shady deal with some Flagstaff House ‘kingpins’.
Daily Guide has gathered that the said Nigerian whose name was given as Lukman Lawal met officials of Crane, a Swedish firm believed to be in-charge of printing Ghana’s currency several times in Switzerland and London ahead of the supposed printing, but the key agent between Ghana and the printing firm refused deal.
According Daily Guide sources, the Nigerian was to fly his private jet from Houston, Texas, United States, to meet the Crane officials in Geneva and then fly the money to Africa.
And eventually use Ghana’s presidential jet to fly the cash into the country from Nigeria without the approval of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Meanwhile, the report says National Security has picked up the case for serious investigation.