Contrary to claims that the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre boss had resigned on a principled decision, Joy News can confirm that George Aboagye already had resignation on his mind in order to contest the 2012 Parliamentary elections.
The GIPC made the headlines for all the wrong reasons following allegations it paid 4,000 cedis to a splinter group, Volunteers for Mahama to campaign for the president and another 20,000 cedis for the birthday celebration of the Board Chairman of the Centre, Mr Ishmael Yamson.
Mr Yamson had conceded that a cheque of that amount was written for his birthday party but he was quick to add that he ordered that the cheque be returned.
He also insisted that the 4,000 cheque was never paid to the supposed beneficiary.
His comments notwithstanding, the Board met over the matter and released a statement in which it stated: “Chief Executive of the GIPC, Mr. George Aboagye, who was recalled from his leave of absence by the Board accepted responsibility and unreservedly apologised to the President of the Republic and the GIPC Board for his actions.
He has tendered in his resignation as a matter of principle although no funds were lost.”
But in an earlier interview with Joy FM on October 11 this year, George Aboagye told Joy Business he was leaving office because of his political career.
He had won the NDC primaries to contest the Ahanta West parliamentary election in December 7 and was to tender in his resignation as boss of the GIPC.
He told Paa Kwesi Asare a month ago that his period in office has been fruitful and enjoyable and was hoping to hand over to another person to concentrate on his political ambition.