Government has been accused of levelling trumped-up charges against the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).
According to Mr Kofi Adams, the National Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress, the charges against Stephen Kwabena Opuni were trumped-up because there was no evidence to support them.
He said even though government has a responsibility to prove its case in court, “for now I am telling you that they are trumped-up. Wait and let them start producing the evidence and then you will see,” he said in a radio interview on Accra based Joy FM Wednesday evening.
“You are saying the man defrauded the state or COCOBOD. Something that COCOBOD, the board approves and the management signs a contract with the person to do it, they have defrauded them when they have not reported any fraud, how that is not trumped-up, my brother you will come and tell me this."
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“But we are very clear and we stand by our comrade. They have a responsibility to prove these trumped charges in court.”
According to Mr Adams, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is out there to witch-hunt members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and previous government appointees to justify its corruption charge or claim against the past administration.
“Anytime they are so hot, they have their backs against the wall, they look for somebody to get some trumped-up charges.
He said not just NDC executives will be in court to support Dr Opuni but people who believe in just cause.
He said Dr Opuni and his management did so much for farmers of this country and the farmers are more than aware of what he did for them.