Former President John Dramani Mahama has told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the facts of the cases involving Adamu Sakande, the late Bawku Member of Parliament who was sentenced to two years imprisonment after he was found guilty of false declaration of office, perjury, and deposed Assin North lawmaker James Gyakye Quayson who is also standing trial for the same charges, are not the same.
He said President Akufo-Addo should stop misleading the people by saying that the two cases are the same.
Mr Mahama’s comments come after President Akufo-Addo told constituents in Assin North not to vote for a candidate who is standing trial in court during the by-election.
Addressing a gathering in the constituency on Sunday, June 25, President Akufo-Addo said for the consultancy to witness the needed development, a candidate with legal issues should not be voted for.
“They say even if Gyakye Quayson is in jail they will vote for him, are we going to vote for someone who is going to prison?
“What benefits will the people derive from voting for such a person? We want someone when he is voted for can come to me and plan how to develop the constituency.”
Responding to him, Mr Mahama also told a gathering in the constituency on Sunday that “Don’t deceive the people of Assin North to believe that the two situations are the same.
“Adamu Sakande went to prison because he lied and concealed his passport. Gyakye Quayson has not hidden his passport. Prior to voting for him in 2020 Canada had accepted that he was no longer a Canadian citizen, what crime has he done?”