The Trade Minister has disclosed that he verbally instructed organisers of the Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA) not to charge businessmen who sat on the same table as President Akufo-Addo.
According to Alan Kyeremanten, since he was not a member of the planning committee of the event, he requested to be occasionally briefed about the progress towards staging the event.
“In one of these briefing sessions this discussion came up and my understanding is that let us be sure if it is sponsorship it is only sponsorship…not that I am contributing to this event so that I get a seat close to the president,” he said.
He explained that it was just a strategic intuition on his part and an advice to the organizers.
The one-time presidential candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) made the revelation when he took his turn to face a parliamentary committee probing the seat-for-cash scandal, Friday.