Hassan Ayariga, the flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), declared in 2016 that the government of President John Agyekum Kufuor was plotting evil against him.
According to him, for reasons best known to them, the Kufuor administration had tried to plant cocaine on either him or somewhere in his business room for him to be arrestedThis, he said, led to the closing of his pizza shop and other businesses to escape the bizarre situation after tip-off.
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Mr Hassan Ayariga, flag bearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), said the Kufuor administration had attempted to plant cocaine on him, which was why he had to close his pizza restaurants.In 2005, 2006, during the Kufour government, there was a dispute in Bawku and I had a very close uncle who worked with that administration and they said that I imported guns from Germany and I supported the war in Bawku because I gave so much money and guns to one side of the ethnic group and I always flew to Germany … so I did a lot of things.
“A friend of mine told me that the government wants to arrest me, and so I should be very careful [because] someone is going to put some drugs in my office or my restaurant, either in the bathroom or somewhere, and I’m going to be arrested for it”. “My life is more important to me, so I closed it down [pizza restaurant]. This was not hearsay. … Because of the details that the person gave me, I believed it. The person brought me pictures of me on the airline travelling abroad, pictures they took when I picked up containers.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ayariga said that in his birthplace, Bawku, in the Upper East Region of Ghana, he had a mansion with four swimming pools. One of these pools, he said, has been suspended.
The 44-year-old politician, who claims he made his first million dollars at the age of 24, said he was willing to build an enabling atmosphere in Ghana for every person to prosper, should he win the presidency, if he could accomplish such a feat in his life despite coming from a very poor part of the world.
Recently, Mr. Ayariga and 12 other presidential candidates were excluded from the 2016 presidential poll for various clerical offences with respect to filling out their nomination forms.
His disqualification angered him, leading him to characterise Mrs Charlotte Osei, Chair of the Electoral Commission, as “stupid” and “foolish” when he spoke to Emefa Apawu of Class91.3FM minutes after the announcement of his fate.Mr. Ayariga, who claimed to have made his wealth by importing from Germany second-hand electrical equipment and appliances to Ghana and selling and running pizza restaurants in both Germany and Ghana, along with other undertakings, noted that he was alone in financing his political campaign. He has, therefore, denied allegations that he is a stooge of the National Democratic Congress ( NDC) and is bankrolled by the same government.
Buttressing his point, Mr Ayariga announced that for his presidential campaign, he had spent around $4.5 million on vehicles so far, all from his own coffers. Mr. Mahama Ayariga’s big brother, the NDC ‘s Minister of Environment, Science , Technology and Innovation, said he purchased about 30 Pick-up trucks and a range of SUVs, including Land Cruisers, to help him run his campaign for the polls this year.
He then claimed that his disqualification from the race made him ‘upset’ after investing that amount of money and more, hence his hurling of abuse at the EC chair. “Mr Ayariga said on Wednesday,” I’m not a happy guy when it comes to things I do right and someone will disqualify us. Nevertheless, he apologised to Mrs Osei and to all the Ghanaians. He told Starr FM, based in Accra, that he was a “gentleman” who had a great deal of respect for mothers and women.
In addition to Mr Ayariga, Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC); Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP); Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Revived Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) are the other aspirants who have been excluded from the race over various irregularities.
The others include: the Great Consolidated Common Party (GCPP)’s Dr Henry Herbert Lartey; Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); the Democratic People’s Party (DPP)’s Thomas Ward-Brew; the independent candidate Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker and the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP)’s Akua Donkor. The nomination of Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party is on hold pending a court case.