The opposition New Patriotic Party is accusing the ruling government of selling state property to its officials at rates far below market prices.
At a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, a Deputy Director of Communications, Sammy Awuku, said the government auctioned off a Ford Expedition, formerly of the Presidency, to Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Director Dr. Tony Aidoo, who paid 6,200 cedis.
According to Awuku, the vehicle was part of the fleet of cars used by ex-president John Kufuor and has a market value of 60,000 cedis. He alleged that Aidoo bought it from Shargaw Ventures for just over a tenth of this value on June 29, 2011.
He added that on September 30, 2011, Dr. Aidoo put in a request with the Customs Commissioner to facilitate the vehicle's change of ownership.
“If a Ford Expedition vehicle with impeccable servicing history and part of President Kufuor fleet of cars as a president could be sold at for a paltry sum of 6,200 cedis only God knows how much they have sold other state assets to themselves.
“This is really evil, this is really criminal, this is very unethical, this is naked robbery and this is very Machiavellian," Awuku charged.
He insisted that this incident typifies the corruption under the Mahama administration and urged all to be “vigilant across the borders, the DVLA and other agencies of state where these looting brigade and babies with sharp teeth will seek to transfer our stolen assets into their names.
“It is clear that the action of Dr. Tony Aidoo constitutes thievery of the highest order.”
He urged Ghanaians to vote out the ruling party, which he described as corrupt.
In a reaction, Dr Tony Aidoo confirmed buying the vehicle at 6,200 cedis but was quick to add that it was in bad shape.
He told Joy News’ Anny Osabutey he followed due process in the purchase of the vehicle.
According to him, the vehicle which was without a gear box and other spare parts was abandoned by the NPP at a workshop in Sakumono.
He explained it was later advertised that it was up for auction.
“The auctioneer took me there we inspected the box we found out there was no gear box in the car. I asked for the valuation. Indeed, I said there was not even interested but the auctioneer said he can get me the gear box,” he explained.
He insisted he followed the right procedures before buying the vehicle.