The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr. Clement Apaak, a staunch believer in the NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama has lampooned president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party government for questioning the very means they propounded will be the medium through which corruption would be fought, the Anas Principle.
The former presidential staffer is at a loss as to what would have changed to warrant the president who stood before national television and vowed to approach the fight against corruption with the Anas Principle which refers to using undercover investigative methods to unravel corruption, to turn around and question the same modus operandi.
Then candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on October 11 2012 during the presidential debate said ‘’ “(I will) Institutionalise, what I call, the “Anas Principle”, to create a culture of positive fear to discourage corrupt practices. A special squad, made up of some of our best young talents, who will be well trained and well disciplined, will be created within the established anti-corruption agencies to keep the fight against corruption alive everywhere in the country’’.
But Dr. Apaak in a write-up quizzed ‘’ Folks, has Anas changed his Principle? How come the NPP and its government, led by President NADAA, now question the Anas Principle and its outcome; #12 and Galamsay fraud! Is it that the NPP government no longer believes in the Anas Principle? Or maybe the NPP never believed in using the Anas Principle to fight corruption as espoused by then Candidate NADAA during the Presidential debate in 2012?
He added ‘’Mr. President, if you run a corrupt government the Anas Principle will expose you, whether you believe in it or not’’.