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A former President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama, seems to have unknowingly exposed the National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and the umbrella family vis-à-vis the latter’s alleged comments in a leaked audio recording..
In a leaked audio recording which has since gone viral on social and traditional media, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo is allegedly heard explaining to party communicators the circumstances under which the party decided to withdraw from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which was marred by violence.
The party’s chair on the said audio recording was also heard allegedly revealed plans of the party for the 2020 general elections and okayed politics of insults, charging the party communicators to take the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa to the cleaners and endorsing verbal abuse on the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante .
“There are CSO and religious organizations, especially, the Peace Council Chair. For the first time, I will endorse insulting the Peace Council Chair. I like that. We have already started”, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo was allegedly heard on the audio recording drawing applause from the party communicators.
He allegedly also told his people to launch similar attacks on President Akufo-Addo who is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, urging them to do all in their power to paint him violent in the face of the international community, thereby discrediting his credibility.
The party has since denied the authenticity of the audio recording, insisting that the tape is false and concocted.
Speaking on the matter for the first time when addressing a crowd of NDC supporters after his victory march, the former Ghanaian Leader said the call by the National Chairman of the umbrella family to attack the Chairman of the National Peace Council did not mean that they should attack him physically.
“All that Ofosu Ampofo meant was to verbally criticize the Chairman of the National Peace Council,” he added, stressing that the call was borne out of the fact that Reverend Emmanuel Asante failed to condemn to the violence that marred the by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon.
“For our chairman who had witnessed the violence – the guy’s whose leg was shot; the bone had shuttered and the bone fragments were lying on the ground. Anybody who saw it will be traumatized. And so if a few days after he [Samuel Ofosu Ampofo] was talking and say we should attack the Peace Council Chairman, it didn’t mean that we should go and beat the Peace Council Chairman, it meant that we should criticize him verbally”, he noted.
His comment seems to have given credence to the authenticity of the controversial leaked audio recording.
Mr. Mahama further told the crowd that the NDC as a party has confidence in the in the work of the National Peace Council, hence, its proposal in a letter to the President of the land to invite them to preside over talks on disbanding vigilantism.
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