General News of Monday, 3 December 2012
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the Police to investigate life-threatening text messages it claims may have been sent by MP for Manhyia, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh to Dr. Stephen Opuni, Food and Drugs Board CEO.
John Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the NDC who disclosed the contents of the text message at a press conference in Kumasi said if the matter was not dealt with, it would compromise the safety of Ghanaians in the upcoming elections.
The text message as read by Mr. Asiedu Nketia, stated: “Boss we all have one life. If your plans have extended to take mine, then watch out. We will speak at my press conference tomorrow and we will see. All those guns and men and combats boots and those picking them up will be exposed tomorrow. It is not only Kumasi that will be unsafe. So will your house and hometowns, and families and hiding place will go overboard. I have reported this to the police.”
According to him, the Manhyia MP sent another text message to Dr. Opuni after his (Opoku-Prempeh's) arrest last week over the Ashtown violence. That text message, read by the NDC scribe said; "Good evening, if John Mahama wants to become president through our blood then he is a joker. Wait till I speak to the press tomorrow. He sanctioned this Ohene Agyekum-Opuni’s stupidity on my life”.
The lawyer for Manhyia MP, Nana Yaw Osei admitted that the contents of text message was sent by his client but was quick to add that his client was only responding to the alleged machinations on his life by Dr. Stephen Opuni.
According to Nana Yaw Osei, Dr. Stephen Opuni cannot claim those messages directed at him were done in a vacuum after he (Opuni) had had a clandestine meeting - four months ago - to discuss plans to take the MP's life.