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John Mahama denies demanding for return of bauxite concession

John Mahama denies demanding for return of bauxite concession

John Mahama denies demanding for return of bauxite concession

Former President John Mahama has refuted reports that he is

demanding that President Nana Akufo-Addo returns his brother’s

bauxite concession before he gets along with him.

In a statement Thursday signed by Felix Kwakye Ofosu, he explained that

the 2020 National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer has ever made

such a demand. Mr Kwakye Ofosu said the reports are “nothing but a

figment of the imagination” of those making the claims. He said in the

aftermath of the election petition, Mr Mahama had made it clear that

although he disagrees with the judgement, ” he was nonetheless bound

by the verdict.”

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The former Deputy Information Minister said Mr Mahama, “has remained a

statesman and remained true to his commitments to multiparty democracy.”

There are reports that one of the reasons why Mr Mahama does not appear to

‘gel’ with President Akufo-Addo and his administration is because of the

bauxite concession that the New Patriotic Party government took from

Ibrahim Mahama in 2017.

John Mahama denies demanding for return of bauxite concession
John Mahama denies demanding for return of bauxite concession
The NDC leader is said to have made some demands before letting the

Minority Caucus in Parliament act jointly with their Majority counterpart

since they both have 137 members each. Chief among the demands was

the return of the Nyinahin Bauxite concession in the Ashanti Region.

The multi-billion long lease bauxite concession was granted to Exton

Cubic a few days prior to Mr Mahama handing over power on

December 29, 2016. Although the company tried to start operations,

it was stopped by both the district and regional authorities, compelling

Exton Cubic to go to court to challenge the decision.

Since then, there have been a lot of legal battles regarding the right of

the company to mine. This development, reports have suggested,

is the reason why the former President does not see eye to eye with his successor.

But his Office has questioned: “What form of ‘gel’ does the government want

with former President Mahama, and for which reason he will even consider

making any demand?” It said being the true statesman that he is,

Mr Mahama will “continue to have respect for the constitutional structures

and has at no time made any request, nor suggested any conditions,

let alone ask for the return of bauxite concessions by any person or entity

as a precondition for cooperation.”

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