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Elvis Afriyie Ankrah offers clarification on viral oath-swearing video

Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the former Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has offered clarification on a video circulating on social media that captures some members of the party swearing an oath to remain loyal to the party or die together with their firstborns.

Elvis Afriyie Ankrah

He issued a statement on Thursday, clarifying that the said activity took place prior to the 2020 election and is not recent. He accused political opponents of diabolically releasing the video at this time for propaganda purposes.

“It is yet another example of how seriously I took my role and how committed I was to ensure that we did our work with the utmost integrity in the interest of our party and its members and supporters,” Afriyie Ankrah said.

The controversial footage shows Ankrah, dressed in a white kaftan, presiding over the ceremony with a white cloth laid on the floor. Participants stand on the white cloth before him, holding a long, shiny sword, as they take turns solemnly reciting the oath. The pledge involves a commitment not to compromise the party's interests for personal gain in the upcoming elections, with dire consequences if they were to break their vow.

The oath concludes with participants saying, “As I hold this sword, I swear that if I compromise and sell out my party in exchange for money in the next election, may I die and my first child also die, so help me God.”

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In his statement, Ankrah emphasized that the video had no association with the current party's national executives or officials responsible for managing the upcoming 2024 general elections.

"I also call on our members and supporters to rally behind our party officials and support our national officers in our quest to win the next elections and deliver the people of Ghana from the hardships and misgovernance of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government," he added.

He maintains that the oath ceremony was a demonstration of his dedication to the party and should not be misconstrued.

The NDC is seeking to regain power from the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) after losing in 2016 and failing to secure victory in 2020.

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