Ayariga's claims of plagiarism against NPP ‘a huge joke’ – Mustapha Hamid
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says claims by All People’s Party (APC) that its manifesto ideas has been stolen can only pass as a joke.
Spokesperson for the flag bearer of the NPP, Mustapha Hamid, says the Hassan Ayariga-led APC cannot be taken serious because they have no proof to back the plagiarism claims.
“That is a huge joke that should not be allowed in our body politic,” Nana Akufo-Addo’s spokesperson said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Monday.
APC on Sunday released statement shortly after NPP manifesto launch, threatening to sue the biggest oppostion party for plagiarising its manifesto ideas.
The statement signed by APC General Secretary of the party, Razak Kojo Opoku, said the NPP 2016 manifesto policies unveiled at the Ghana International Trade Fair on Sunday were replete with ideas the APC had already put out.
"The NPP leadership has exhibited highly gross academic dishonesty," the statement, describing the NPP as "Kalyppo People's Party."
However, Mustafa Hamid said on the Super Morning Show that Ayariga is only seeking to start a uselss controversy.
“He thinks Ghanaians are stupid,” Mr Hamid said of Hassan Ayariga allegations.
He said the Hassan Ayariga-led APC has rather adopted snippets of NPP's manifesto ideas after Nana Akufo-Addo's speech at the Ghana Employers Association at the International Conference Centre and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia's lecture on September 8.
"Everything the two of them said were the things that Ayariga presented as his manifesto and then when he has finished presenting it, he quickly says ‘ok they are going to launch theirs next week so they can copy if they want’", Mustafa Hamid said.
He wants Ghanaians to reject Ayariga's claims.