General News of 2014-04-07

Statement: Akufo-Addo denies Al-Hajj story

The attention of the Office of Nana Akufo-Addo has been drawn to a story published in the Al Hajj newspaper, dated April 7, 2014, to the effect that the decision by Nana Akufo-Addo to contest the flagbearership position of the New Patriotic Party ahead of the 2016 elections “is to cement an unfinished agenda; to plunge Ghana into crisis.”
The story, which has been subsequently reproduced on the online media portal, Ghanaweb, reports that Nana Akufo-Addo “hatched wicked plans to among other things reject the court ruling out-rightly and demand power sharing or make the country ungovernable”, adding that Nana Addo had stationed mercenaries along Ghana’s borders ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on the August 29 to achieve this aim.
This is a total lie. It is a fabrication by a newspaper which is remarkable for its absolute creativity and total disregard for the key journalistic ingredient called, truth.
Is it not ironic that this story which is said to be based on a “classified report” in the possession of state security, for which its contents point to a treasonable offence, has seen no action being instituted by the security apparatus against Nana Akufo-Addo all this while?
We will neither ask for an apology nor retraction from a paper situated deep in the partisan stable of the ruling party and dedicated to publishing false stories solely aimed at tarnishing the reputation of Nana Akufo-Addo, a man who has devoted his life to the struggle for democracy and peace in Ghana.
We will rather appeal to the general public to ignore, once again, this false story. Ghanaians want practical remedies to the hardships they have been plunged into, and not practical, ugly jokes thrown in the public arena in the forlorn hope of diverting attention from the crass incompetence, economic hardships and widespread unemployment being endured under this current administration.
……signed……
Eugene Arhin
Press Secretary
Source: office of Akufo-Addo
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