Businessman, Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, who is embroiled in the controversial GH¢51million judgment debt paid to him has expressed his readiness to contest the allegations of fraud against him.
He said, the money [judgment debt] was paid to him legally by the state.
“The money was paid to me legally, the court didn’t even say I should pay back because it is legal, the court said it is unconstitutional,” he noted.
Speaking to the media at a press conference at the International Conference Centre in Accra Friday, he said, “I will continue to fight till the last drop of my blood. The list that is going around about sharing money, to who, how ??, those who claim they have the list should come out with it”
The Supreme Court granted an application by Mr Amidu to orally examine Woyome.
Justice Enin Yeboah in his ruling said the application was granted because there was no formal evidence of execution of the courts order for the money to be retrieved hence the decision.
He said, “Alfred Woyome is determined to pay. Alfred Woyome has arrived at a payment structure with the Republic of Ghana through its constitutionally mandated Attorney General and Alfred Woyome will pursue that by God’s grace to make sure the orders of the courts are respected.”
He added that the the Supreme Court erred in its ruling allowing former Attorney General Martin Amidu to cross examine him.
“I have been going to court; there were times that there would be two cases at the same time. This is the Attorney General who was pursuing me and doing all these against me, today because of the convenience, some people are saying that I am conniving with her, how can i be in connivance with her,” Woyome said.
Mr Woyome will be examined by Martin Amidu on November 24, 2016 at the Supreme Court.
Woyome was paid GH¢51.2 million after he claimed he had incurred losses for financially engineering 1.1 billion Euros for the CAN 2008 tournament and other government projects.
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However, the Auditor-General’s report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to him.
The report resulted in nationwide controversy, with operatives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament claiming Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.
The then Attorney-General, Mr Joe Ghartey, said Woyome was contracted to help in raising money for the construction of the stadia but he failed to meet the deadline.
The then NPP government, he said, had no choice but to abrogate the contract with Woyome.
In 2009, when the NPP had left office, Woyome went to court and claimed that his contract had illegally been terminated and demanded a judgement debt from government.
The Attorney-General in Prof. Mills administration, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, who failed to defend the state, rather negotiated with Woyome for him to reduce his demand on the government.
Woyome then requested for GH¢51.2 million.