I don't have any oil contract from government - Ayariga

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The 2012 presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention, (PNC), Mr Hassan Ayariga, has denied ever receiving any offer from the government of Ghana to lift crude oil from the Jubilee fields.

Mr Adoryeh said he was reliably informed that the governing National Democratic Congress had awarded Mr Ayariga a valid licence to lift crude in the country. A member of the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s Communication team, Hopeson Adoryeh, recently made the claim when he spoke on a private radio station, Oman FM.

He, nonetheless, said he had no qualms with such a contract provided Mr Ayariga had the expertise to do such a business.

He, however, said he believed the PNC presidential candidate got the favour through cronyism.

According to Mr Adoryeh, Mr Ayariga’s subtle jabs at the NPP’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during the 2012 presidential debates organised by the Institute for Economic Affairs, (IEA), among other unsavoury comments he passed against the NPP,  were what had won him the oil contract.

Mr Ayariga, however, told XYZ News  that,“I haven’t heard of it; I think this is the first time I’m hearing of it…I think that if I have been given an offer, the media will be the first people to hear because I will have to have a press conference to thank the Government of Ghana for giving me that power or authority”.

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He expressed qualms about political opponents using the media to peddle what he described as false allegations against other people.