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NDC CHAIRMAN OFOSU-AMPOFO MUST RESIGN, SAYS NPP

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has tasked all those in the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who are of good moral standing and who mean well for Ghana to demand the resignation of their national chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has tasked all those in the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who are of good moral standing and who mean well for Ghana to demand the resignation of their national chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.

This follows explosive comments, made by Mr Ofosu-Ampofo in a leaked audiotape, inciting violence for the lead-up to the 2020 elections.

Addressing the media at the NPP headquarters, the communications director of the party, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, suggested that without this, the NDC would lose the moral right to participate in decent politics.

“Those in the NDC who believe in an ideology must rise and demand resignations. All those culpable must account to the NDC first and to the nation, so that they retain the moral right to participate in the decent politics of this country,” he said.

Tape

The contents of the tape suggest that the national chairman of the NDC has been planning to integrate thuggery into the NDC party fabric, subvert police and security service leadership, target people for assassination and kidnapping, and generally threaten to put the lives of senior members of the NPP and, indeed, civil society in danger.

“We will go after them. But not face to face. We will let them know that their lives are in danger. Our people have identified a number of them,” Mr Ofosu-Ampofo is captured saying.

The voice on the tape also alleges that the NDC brought in militia groups from the North during the January 31 Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in Accra.

Among other elaborate plans laid by the NDC, the recording reveals a plot to destroy the credibility of Jean Mensa, chair of the Electoral Commission.

Shameful leadership

Mr Buaben Asamoa wants “right-thinking” members of the NDC to distance themselves from what he calls “shameful leadership”.

In his view, the public call to leadership is a duty that demands the utmost integrity and trust.

Mr Buaben Asamoa added that the preamble to the 1992 constitution demands that leadership preserve the stability of our nation. He argued that, contrary to this, the NDC revelations have broken public trust.

“Trust is at the heart of electoral politics and leadership. The deliberate insincerity and mendaciousness of the current NDC leadership, including the newly elected candidate, who initiated ‘boot for boot’, calls into question whether they are ‘fit for purpose’,” he said.

“Indeed, the current NDC leadership have found themselves out. They have exposed themselves to the nation. Ayawaso West Wuogon was built on nothing. And the deliberate, orchestrated lies and crafted events have crumbled into nothing,” he added.

Unfit for politics

Mr Buaben Asamoa said the contents of the recording depict “a bunch of crooks, scheming murderers and liars, at the helm of a group who are supposed to offer responsible alternatives towards the progress of this country”.

He added that this reflected the character of former President Mahama, who ought to have condemned and helped to contain the violence instead of hyping it up.

“That he chooses to escalate it all the way to the international community, with the aid of false videos, shows that he was behind the move to destabilise the country and that he is the beneficiary,” he said.

“We ask him to reconsider his political philosophy of ‘boot for boot’ and take clear and public steps to rid his party of the thuggery being embedded into the NDC fabric.

“Ghana is hungry for progress and he must assume the humility to divorce himself and his party from the appearance of deliberate and orchestrated lies about politically related violence,” Mr Buaben Asamoa advised.

To this end, the NPP encourages all civil society organisations and Ghanaian citizens “to take advantage of the open and bold leadership offered by the President in the matter of politically related violence”, the NPP communications director said.