General News of Tuesday, 13 November 2012
A Deputy Finance Minister, Fifi Kwetey, is accusing the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil of plotting the defeat of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He contends that Pastor Otabil's so-called setting the records straight press conference was intended to draw support from the NDC to favour the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Deputy Finance Minister was reacting to claims by Pastor Otabil that some elements in the NDC had doctored and manipulated his sermons preached over the years for partisan gains.
At a press conference Monday, Pastor Otabil described the act as defamatory, criminal, Machiavellian, unethical and evil and called on President Mahama to intervene.
But speaking on Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen programme Monday evening, Fifi Kwetey said Pastor Otabil has shot himself in the foot.
According to him, the press conference exposed him [Otabil] as just playing the victim to court public sympathy for the NPP.
The Deputy Finance Minister stated that the time the comments were made was immaterial because they remained relevant regardless of whether they were made "now" or in the "past".
He noted that the ICGC leader should have been bold enough to tell Ghanaians the exact words he claimed were misconstrued “because in setting the records you want to leave no stone unturned”.
“If Pastor Otabil has changed his views concerning any of the things he has said; he should simply set the records straight,” he said.
He questioned why Pastor Otabil did not speak publicly when his name was alleged to have been put on a hit list in the run-up to the 2008 election but was now reacting to the NDC’s harmless advertisement.
Fifi Kwetey said it was obvious that Pastor Otabil wanted to create the impression that the NDC was out to defame and do something sinister against him to court public anger against the party in order that the NPP will benefit.