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GCPP petitions CHRAJ over $5m Abacha gift to Rawlings

The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) has implored the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to launch an investigation into former President Jerry John Rawlings’ alleged $5million Abacha gift.

The late Nigerian leader, Sani Abacha in 1998 was rumoured to have given Mr. Rawlings $5million as gift.

Mr. Rawlings’ acceptance of the money according to the presidential candidate of the GCPP, Dr Henry Lartey is unethical and that CHRAJ must institute a swift investigation into the matter.

Accusing the former president of lying, Dr. Lartey said “We will not allow anyone who is corrupt to get away with it, even if you are the president of Ghana. “

As a result, he said at a press conference Tuesday that “We are going to CHRAJ with our lawyers and he [Rawlings] will have to answer all these questions. No vendetta or whatsoever, I actually respected him to a point – he disappointed me and he has disappointed all West Africans.”

He continued “It is a sad thing that a man of probity and accountability must come to tell us that he took $2million cash [from Abacha]. Did he take it on behalf of Ghanaians? Who signed for the money? What was the money used for…? Did he really receive $2million? Are we being lied to?”

Speaking to the Guardian Newspaper in Nigeria in July this year, Mr. Rawlings confessed to receiving money from Mr. Abacha but denied that the quantum is $5million. He said, he received $2million contrary to the rumoured $5million.

Source: Ghana/ Awal

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