Dr Mahamudu Bawumia reportedly shuns anyone who attempts to approach him by using money as a crutch, according to Dr Mahama.
A technical advisor at the Vice President’s office, Mahama said during an interview that using money is a sure way to ensure you never get to meet the Vice President.
Kabiru Mahama said the Vice President is very careful about creating even a perception of being involved in corruption hence shuns away from practices that can impugn his honour.
“The Vice President has never asked anyone, has never commissioned anyone to go and take money from anyone, anyone without exception. For the fact that I would need this money, give me this money for me to do a campaign…
“If you discuss issues about money, anything about money in exchange for something the Vice President would want, you may not even get his attention for the rest of your life and I am saying it without the blink of an eye,” he stressed on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme, November 15.
He added that Bawumia is so cautious, people often say he doesn’t open up and this is a result of ensuring he always is able to act in the supreme interest of the nation without distractions
“People close to him tell you he doesn’t open up so much, he is a bit careful and wary of people coming with their own motives. He doesn’t want people to go through him to achieve interests contrary to the interest of the nation,” Mahama intimated.
His comments come after the Vice President was recently forced to unequivocally disassociate himself from former Minister of State, Charles Adu Boahen’s claims that all it takes to get a meeting with the Veep is an ‘appearance fee’ of $200,000.
Buahen was asked by supposed businessmen (undercover Tiger Eye PI operatives) he met in the United Arab Emirates on how an investor can get the attention of the Vice President and what must be given to him when finally in his presence.
“You mean, like appearance fees and stuff? I mean he, himself (the Vice President), if you give him some (USD) 200,000 or something as a token, as thank you, appreciation, that’s fine. He’s not really, he’s not really (like) that. All he needs is to worry about his campaign money in 2020,” Charles Adu Boahen revealed.
However, Bawumia denied the claims and called for Adu Boahen’s sack, saying he would not allow his integrity to be soiled.
“My attention has been drawn to a video by Anas Aremeyaw Anas (as posted on his social media handle) showing the Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Charles Adu Boahen, apparently using my name, inter alia, to peddle influence and collect money from supposed investors. I would like to state that if what the minister is alleged to have said is accurately captured in the video, then his position as a minister of state is untenable. He should be dismissed summarily and investigated,” the statement from Dr Bawumia read.
It continued: “I am not aware of any such meeting held by Minister Adu Boahen or a supposed “appearance fee”. My most cherished asset in life is my integrity and I will not allow anyone to use my name to engage in corrupt activities.”