General News of Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Immediate-past Deputy Minister for the Interior, Kobby Acheampong has described as ridiculous and propaganda, attempts by the leadership of the New Patriotic Party to contort comments he made on a live television programme on Monday.
The NPP had issued a statement condemning what it termed, comments allegedly made by the former deputy Minister of Interior to the effect that, President Mahama could decree a curfew and have the leadership of the NPP arbitrarily arrested.
According to the statement, the former deputy Minister made the comment during a discussion on the legitimacy of President Mahama’s Office on Metro TV’s – Good Morning Ghana programme. It described the comment as “reckless and violent rhetoric”, which seeks to destabilize the country.
However, speaking on Newsnight on Joy FM, Mr. Kobby Acheampong said the reaction by the NPP was pure propaganda, claiming he never made such comment.
According to him, he asked a hypothetical question as to whether the NPP would respect any action taken by President Mahama, whom the party has refused to acknowledge as President of Ghana, due to its challenge of the results of the election that saw him emerge winner.
He denied the NPP’s claim that he said the Mahama administration could decree a curfew and have the NPP’s leaders arrested.
“Today, if we impose a curfew on Bawku, can the NPP leaders there say because they do not recognize John Mahama as President, they will not respect his actions,” he asked.
Deputy Communications Director for the NPP’s 2012 campaign team Yaw Buaben Asamoah, who was on the Metro TV programme with Mr. Acheampong, insisted that the former minister indeed used the word “decree”, which prompted their reaction.
Yaw Buaben said the word “decree” does not have a place in the Constitution of the country. He said as far as the NPP is concerned, the legitimacy of the President is subject to the ruling by the Supreme Court, which is hearing the petition filed by the party.