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General News Wed, 8 May 2019

You can't invite our Chairman on useless allegations - Mahama

Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has linked the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to a latest invitation by the CID of his party Chairman in yet another criminal investigation.

The CID has summoned Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, over fresh allegations that he may be connected to recent kidnapping cases as well as market fires being recorded in some parts of the country.

“...some persons picked up for interrogation and investigation have mentioned your name as part of a grand scheme designed to cause fear and panic in the country,” the CID letter indicated.

Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is already standing trial for conspiracy to assault a public officer and conspiracy to cause harm after he was secretly recorded allegedly outlining plans to cause mayhem.

In the secret recording, Mr Ampofo is heard allegedly suggesting kidnappings as a way of creating public tension ahead of the 2020 general elections.

While the trial is ongoing, the police have invited him, explaining that he has been linked to recent kidnappings and fire outbreaks.

The CID has, therefore, summoned the top opposition politician, asking him to report at the CID headquarters on Thursday, May 9, at 2:00 pm.

However, the opposition party has stated categorically that its chairman will turn down the invitation from the police after he was linked to recent kidnappings and fire outbreaks.

“We are law-abiding citizens but we are not cowards,” the National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, told JoyNews Wednesday.

Mahama reacts

Wading into what he describes as “police harassment” of the NDC’s Chairman, the former President cautioned the governing party that they may be setting a bad example.

“No amount of harassment of our National Chairman will save the NPP from defeat. Indeed, it is a sign of desperation that the Chief Executive of our party, the Chairman of our party is constantly being harassed by the Police Authority,” he told a gathering at Jamestown Thursday, as part of his tour of the Greater Accra Region.

“...They should remember that in everything they do, they are setting a precedent. You cannot take any frivolous and vexatious investigation and be inviting the National Chairman of the biggest opposition every day to the CID headquarters on very useless allegations,” Mr Mahama stated.

“We are advising the NPP if you deliver on your promises, the people of Ghana will look favourably at you. If you have failed, don’t [out of your desperation] decide to harass our party officials.”

He added, “Whatever you do, you cannot escape the judgment of the people.”

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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