Former president John Mahama has thrown in the towel by formally withdrawing his December 19, 2016 request to keep his official residence as his retirement home.
The former President made the withdrawal in a letter he personally signed and addressed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The letter was dated January 10, 2017 and copied to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
According to former President Mahama, he decided to withdraw the request because of the growing controversies it has attracted and the fact that the request threatens to hurt the spirit of cooperation which characterized the smooth transfer of power to the Akufo-Addo’s administration.
It would be recalled that Mahama has been under intense fire since allegations that he refused to vacate his former official residence became public knowledge.
The former President’s letter reads: ” I refer to our agreement on the above subject matter and wish to inform you that I have decided to formally withdraw both requests to continue to stay at my current place of residence, No. 3. Prestige Link, Cantonments and also to use bungalow No. 6, 3rd Avenue, Ridge as my office.
“It would appear that these requests threaten to mar the spirit of cooperation with which we as co-chairs of the Joint Transition Team have managed the smooth transfer of power from my administration to yours.
“I believe that this controversy is absolutely not needed in these early days as your Government settles into office.
“I do recognize that these are facilities that are conventionally extended to Presidents that leave office and I am also mindful of the approval by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on Wednesday, 4th January, 2017 at its Twenty-Second Sitting of the Third Meeting of the Fourth Session.
“You will recall, Mr. President, that contrary to the erroneous impression created by some persons in Government and the interpretation given to the formal letter submitted on my behalf by Mr. Julius Debrah, this was a follow up to an agreement we had on my choice of accommodation and office.
“I had never requested to purchase the property. My request is therefore humbly withdrawn.
“As always, my family and I wish you well in your endeavors as you strive to consolidate and advance the gains made by successive Governments.”