Owusu Bempah's accusation of Mahama in Takoradi kidnapping case is baseless – NDC

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed allegations that former President John Dramani Mahama has any connection with the alleged Takoradi kidnapping case.

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According to the NDC, the accusation by Ernest Owusu Bempah, a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), that Mr. Mahama and the National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo are behind the case should be treated with contempt.

In a statement copied to the media, the party asked Ghanaians to “treat the effusions of Ernest Owusu Bempah with utter contempt.”

The statement read “It is obvious from the tone and substance of this baseless accusation that its maker had the apparent support of the government to spew forth this wicked, malicious, and contemptuous accusation in order to reduce the heat the government has drawn to itself as a result of its manhandling of national security challenges and the apparent loss of a firm grip on governance.”

It added “the NDC states with all authority that neither the highly respected former President, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, nor its esteemed National Chairman, Hon. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, have any hand whatsoever in the happenings in the Western Region, nor are they linked in any way to any of the characters in that alleged kidnapping saga.”

”The Leadership of the NDC has far more noble objectives to engage its attention, and it is a sad reflection of the quality of our democracy that government agents would find time to vilify innocent persons just to make this hopeless administration look good in the eyes of the public.”

It ended “accordingly, the National Democratic Congress calls on the general public to treat the effusions of Ernest Owusu Bempah with utter contempt as there is no merit in same. The party further calls on its teeming members, supporters and sympathizers, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution, to constantly hold the Akufo-Addo government to account, and to remind the government to honour its sacred duty of securing the lives and property of Ghanaians”

At a press conference held on Sunday, September 26, 2021, the leader of the #FixingTheCountry movement drew a link as brains behind fake kidnap story between an alleged leaked tape of Ofosu Ampofo and the incident in Takoradi.

He claimed that there is a clandestine plan by the NDC to fill the media space with such hoax stories to score political points. The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, in the run up to the 2020 elections was caught on tape hatching an evil plot against the state. Per the voice on the tape, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is allegedly heard talking about planning a road-map of criminal activities targeted at the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Chairman of the National Peace Council, among others.

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