General News of Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Source: The Heral Newspaper
Impeccable information creamed from the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), revealed that Dr. Mensa Otabil’s speech delivered on Monday, in which he called members of the ruling party evil persons and also diagnosed them as suffering from schizophrenia- a severe mental sickness-was written for him by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, who doubles as his lawyer.
Lawyer Atta Akyea, who is a prominent member of the church and bears the title Visiting Pastor, has been a personal friend and legal advisor to Dr. Otabil, and also acted as lawyer for the church for many years now.
The Herald is informed that the NPP MP has, on many occasions, mounted ICGC branded pulpits at different churches, including Glorious Temple at Nungua-Adegon, and spoken on behalf of Dr. Otabil, who reports say, was once given a diplomatic passport by Nana Akufo-Addo, when he served as foreign minister in the Kufuor regime.
During one of such preaching, Lawyer Atta Akyea, who ran away from ascending the Ofori Panyi Stool as Okyenhene, is said to have stunned the congregation, led by one Rev. Odoitei, with revelations that years ago, his stool used to rear humans like animals for rituals.
Insiders told this paper that Lawyer Atta Akyea was very instrumental in drafting the General Overseer’s insult-laden statement, read out to the press last Monday, at his Holy Ghost Temple Church at Abossey-Okai in Accra, to mitigate the confusion that his controversial tapes have generated against the Nana Akufo-Addo campaign.
Lawyer Atta Akyea, who is a cousin to the NPP flag bearer, is said to have advised Dr. Otabil to describe the use of his recorded sermon on topical national issues like education, moral uprightness, good leadership, hard work and love for the nation, currently shaping the political discourse for the forthcoming elections, as defamatory, criminal and malicious.
The lawyer, who replaced Nana Addo as MP of the Abuakwa South Constituency in the Eastern Region, is also said to have convinced Dr Otabil to speak against the use of his recorded voice without his authority as his intellectual property, requiring his strict permission before its usage.
Dr. Otabil has also been a regular special guest speaker at the annual William Ofori -Atta Memorial Lecture, sponsored by Nana Addo; Dr. Otabil is also the Board Chairman of Mr. Ken-Ofori -Atta’s Data Bank.
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta is also the cousin of the NPP flag bearer and board member of Central University College, a University founded by Dr. Otabil.