Yilo Krobo Constituency Chairman of the ruling NPP, Dr Gabriel Afotey says some key members within government plotted Boakye Agyarkoâ€™s removal from office because he has a presidential ambition.
According to him, the constituency where the immediate former Energy Minister comes from is against the decision by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, thereby threatening to vent their frustration in the next general election by voting against him.
â€œNana Addo doesnâ€™t want our good,â€ he said.
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â€œAre they trying to tell us Boakye Agyarko did not follow the rightful processes? We donâ€™t want to go deep into this issue. They shouldnâ€™t paint him black because he has a presidential ambition. Who on this earth doesnâ€™t have an ambition?â€ He quizzed in an interview on NEAT FMâ€™s morning show dubbed â€˜Ghana Montieâ€™.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, as the acting Minister of Energy, until a substantive appointment is made.
This follows the dismissal of Mr Boakye Agyarko from that position.
Mr Agyarko was on 6 August 2018 removed from office over the controversial $150 million Ameri deal signed by the John Mahama administration.
Mr Agyarko came under heavy criticism when he claimed that Ghana will gain $405 million from the new power deal with Ameri Energy but it was discovered that the country will rather lose up to $472 million.
The new agreement was to extend the current five-year deal with AMERI Energy which is currently operating a 300MW emergency power plant in Ghana, to 15 years and bring onboard a new company from Greece, Mytilineous International Trading Company, to manage the plant for the period.
President Akufo-Addo was reportedly ‘misled’ into granting executive approval for the deal to be approved by parliament.
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However, Dr Gabriel Afotey alleged that the brouhaha surrounding Agyarkoâ€™s dismissal was all â€˜orchestratedâ€™ to benefit someone.
â€œThey should come again with good explanations. The Boakye we know is a gem, the man is competent. The president should treat Boakye the same as he treat others. Weâ€™re hoping the President will rescind his decision,â€ He told host Kwesi Aboagye.