When Ken Ohene Agyapong, a presidential candidate for the National Patriotic Party, visited with party members in Jirapa in the Upper West Region over the weekend as part of his campaign trip, Kwesi Nyantakyi, a former president of the Ghana Football Association, could be seen on a video.
The football official identified himself in the video, which Ghanaweb was able to view, and backed Ken Agyapong, the Assin North MP, as the best candidate to lead Ghana in the 2024 elections. He urged all candidates to cast their votes for Agyapong on November 4, 2023, a Saturday.
The politician has long trusted Nyantakyi, a lawyer who also doubles as a politician, and he strongly protected him after he was implicated in investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ exposé five years ago.
You may remember that Nyantakyi was purportedly caught on camera in Anas’ “Number 12” exposé in 2018 accepting financial gifts and engaged in influence peddling.
He was forced to quit as GFA President as a result, and he also lost his roles as a member of the FIFA Council and the first vice president of CAF.
FIFA then imposed a 500,000 Swiss franc punishment and a lifetime ban on Nyantakyi. Additionally, he was accused of conspiring to commit fraud and of corrupting a public official, but eventually released on bail with some sureties.
Following a three-year appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), his lifetime ban was ultimately lowered to 15 years.
When Nyantakyi submitted his nomination paperwork to run for the NPP presidency on June 21, 2023, he did it with Ken Ohene Agyapong by his side.