Opposition NDC chapter in the Ashanti Region today March 14, 2018, declared their support for the embattled former COCOBOD CEO, Stephen Opuni as he is currently charged with some twenty-seven counts of offences including defrauding by false pretences and causing financial loss to the state.
In a statement, the Ashanti Regional Chapter of the NDC said the party is not surprised at the charges levelled against the former Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) CEO, Dr Stephen Opuni.
According to the Regional Secretary, Raymond Tandoh, much as the decision by the government against Stephen Opuni was expected, they are shocked by the incomparable willpower to tarnish the image of former CEO who under his watch transformed the cocoa sector in Ghana.
"While we are not surprised by this development, we are appalled by the exceptional determination of the government to destroy the reputation of a man who has laboured to transform the cocoa sector in Ghana."
"We believe Dr Stephen Opuni is a victim of a growing political culture of hounding predecessors to justify campaign claims of corruption," he added.
The Ashanti Regional Chapter of the NDC hereby declares its unflinching support for Dr. Stephen Opuni and his family in these difficult times of political persecution. We trust in the independence and wisdom of our courts and are hopeful that the outcome of proceedings would be without political interference.
The state on Tuesday, March 14, 2018, filed a case of causing financial loss against Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD). Charged along with Dr Opuni is one Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Limited.
The 27 charges levelled against them, was on abetment of crime and defrauding by false pretence, willfully causing financial loss to the state, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, manufacturing fertilizer without registration, money laundering and corruption by a public officer.