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EXPLOSIVE OFOSU-AMPOFO TAPE EXPOSES NDC VIOLENCE

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Communicators of the opposition National Democratic are “sweating” in their scramble to control the reputational damage after an explosive leaked recording of one of their meetings went public.

Communicators of the opposition National Democratic are “sweating” in their scramble to control the reputational damage after an explosive leaked recording of one of their meetings went public.

The leaked tape captures proceedings from a strategic communications meeting of the party held at the NDC’s headquarters a few days after the January 31 Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

The meeting was attended by a large group of NDC communicators and senior figures in the party, including Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, the newly elected NDC national communications officer, Sammy Gyamfi, and Alfred Ogbamey, a former editor of the defunct pro-NDC Gye Nyame Concord newspaper and former communications director of Ghana Gas.

Evil plot

The NDC national chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, is heard giving details of a plot hatched by the party to put the lives of their political opponents in danger. He proposes that this should involve kidnapping relatives of activists for the governing New Patriotic Party, among other things, to make life uncomfortable for the NPP.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo also explains how the party intends to attack the personality of President Nana Akufo-Addo by repeatedly creating the impression that he is a violent person.

Other plans involve smearing the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensa; inciting NDC members to insult key religious leaders, especially Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, a former chairman of the National Peace Council; and attacking civil society organisations.

The Ayawaso West Wuogon agenda

The explosive tape has also exposed how the NDC went into last month's by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon, Accra, with intentions to create confusion and unleash violence during the voting, using the pro-NDC militia group from Tamale known as the Azorka Boys.

These details appear to confirm claims by operatives of the National Security that they had picked up intelligence about criminal acts the Azorka Boys wanted to perpetrate during the by-election.

Confusion

The surreptitious sound recording has stirred confusion in the NDC as the party seeks to identify the source of the leak and make desperate efforts to limit the harm it has caused the party and its national chairman.

While some communicators of the NDC have acknowledged the authenticity of the recorded comments, others have done precisely the opposite.

A deputy communications officer of the party, Kwaku Boahen, was the first to admit that the voice on the tape was that of NDC national chairman Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.

Speaking on Adom FM yesterday, he said all the “diabolic plans” captured on the tape have the tacit endorsement of both the leadership and the rank and file of the NDC.

“Everything he said, we like and support it. We won’t sit down for our party members to be taken for a ride.

“Ofosu-Ampofo was addressing NDC members, so what did you expect? He was encouraging us after the NPP has intimidated them,” he said.

Sammy Gyamfi denies

Interestingly, at the very time Boahen was making this admission, his superior, the national communications officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, was on another radio station denying the contents of the tape.

According to Gyamfi, the tape was fictitious and is made up of doctored and fabricated fragments, because the NPP government is engaged in “illegal espionage”.

“We know the government is engaged in illegal espionage activities in this country, employing state resources and the national security apparatus to spy on political opponents,” he alleged on Citi FM.

Allotey Jacobs defends

But speaking on Peace FM, a former Central Regional chairman of the NDC, Allotey Jacobs, also agreed that the voice on the tape is that of Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.

He however claimed that, knowing the NDC national chairman as well as he does, he is sure that Ofosu-Ampofo “didn't mean” the statements he makes in the recording.

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