Ignore the fake news; President Akufo-Addo has not consulted me on E-levy – Mahama speaks

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Following news making rounds in the media that former President John Dramani Mahama had consented to intervene in the controversy surrounding the introduction of the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy), the NDC leader has rejected such claims.

According to the 2020 Presidential Elections flagbearer of the opposition NDC, President Akufo Addo has never consulted him on the E-levy as propagated by some communicators of government.

In a Facebook post of the former president, he admitted that although he was visited at his residence by Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, a leading member of the NPP on December 21, 2021 at the president’s cousin’s own request to deliberate on issues bothering how the two major political parties can work together, they never discussed E-Levy.

Among a number of issues that were discussed included consensus building in parliament through dialogue and also how the channels of communication between the two leaders of the major political parties in the country can be opened.

Having said this, Mr. Mahama emphasized that at no point in their discussion did the E-levy come up for deliberations adding that there was not any request for him to intervene in the controversy surrounding the introduction of the E-Levy.

“I received Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko, at his request, at my residence on Tuesday 21st December, 2021 Among issues we discussed was the desire of Ghanaians to see the two major political parties working together for the interest of the nation,” Mr. Mahama wrote.
He continued that, “we discussed, also, how dialogue can be deployed to ensure Parliamentary issues are agreed consensually before coming on the floor to avoid what happened recently in the House.We further discussed opening channels of communication between the leaders of the two parties including a possible meeting with the President at a future date.”

“At no time was there any discussion specifically about the President requiring my intervention in the impasse on the E-levy,’ he stated.

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