Politics of Monday, 17 February 2014
The former spokesperson of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Major Boakye Djan, has described Dr. Josiah Ayeh’s accusations of thievery against the government as an “attempt to create a collateral damage for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).”
“Dr. Josiah Ayeh is trying to create a collateral damage not only for politicians, but for the NDC, and as a professor he ought to know that he has got it all wrong”
A leading member of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Dr. Josiah Ayeh criticised government for what he described as a “gang of robbers” stealing from the people and leaving the country’s economy in disarray.
But in a rebuttal, the General Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Asiedu Nketsia said Josiah Ayeh is an example of an intellectual who took bribes.
Giving his comments on the issue on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr Djan opined that, “collateral damage handed on legal principles is clear because politicians by nature are not truthful; but if someone wants to address a certain issue, he or she must do it within a certain rule.”
Drawing analysis on comments from Dr. Ayeh and Mr. Nketsia, Boakye Djan further stated that the fact that the General Secretary named a specific number of individuals as corrupt and Dr. Ayeh who just gave a general figure proved that Mr. Nketsia’s comments were based on evidence.
“Josiah Aryee has not given any amount; he has not named anybody, unlike Asiedu Nketsia who gave a specific figure.”
According to him, the media has no basis to criticise Mr. Asiedu Nketsia’s response to thievery accusations against the government since those comments were based on evidence.
“Mr. Asiedu Nketsia comments were backed by substantial evidence, so if the General Secretary is questioning Dr. Ayeh’s clean hands, the media should be tolerant and accept it,” he said.