My hands are absolutely clean, PDS scandal : Egyapa Mercer

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Tempers flared this morning on Tv3’s New Day, paper review segment as Lawyer Edudzi Kudzo Tameklo (NDC) and Lawyer Andrew Egyapa Mercer (NPP) accused each other of engaging in propaganda and loose talk.

Johnnie Hughes moderated a heated argument between the said two politicians when the issue of the ECG- PDS concessionaire was raised by Lawyer Edudzi. He accused the Hon. MP for the Sekondi Constituency, Andrew Egyapa Mercer of being a party to the “PDS gang” which rocked the country in 2019. he’s one of them. He can’t get himself out of PDS . His hands are tainted.”

“He, Egyapa Mercer and his friends conspired to sell our ECG for nothing. He was the one who incorporated the lead company that was involved in the PDS. He is the secretary of that company(TG Energy Solutions) and they conspired to steal, to defraud this country. Where are they, what has happened to them ? Edudzi alleged.

However, the Sekondi lawmaker denied these allegations. “They can twist the facts anyway they want it. They can choose to say whatever they want to say. I’m ready for whatever investigations that comes and It’ll be established as a matter of fact that I have no interest, direct, indirect beneficial or otherwise in the ECG-PDS concession.

He said to Edudzi, “You know the principle of corporate personality and you know as a matter of fact, I am not a director of PDS, yet you sit here and sheepishly make comments” If you lift the veil of incorporation of PDS, who are you gonna see . In any event I’m not a shareholder of Tj energy

“Make the focus Egyapa Mercer, i don’t care but the facts are the facts. I don’t have any interest in ECG or PDS”

The PDS saga was brought up because Egyapa Mercer accused the former President, John Mahama of “gifting 80% of our bauxite to his brother in his last days in office” This, Edudzi described as “loose talk” The use of “loose talk” didn’t go well with Egyapa Mercer. An apology was given by Edudzi

In October 2019, the government of Ghana terminated the Concession Agreement with the Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ltd over the take-over of the assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for distribution of electricity in the southern sector of the country.

The move was premised on a forensic audit conducted by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Government of Ghana’s investigations into the issuance of Demand Guarantees for the Concession Transaction, which revealed that the Payment Security for the Transaction was invalid.

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