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General News of Friday, 24 May 2019

Source: adomonline.com

How I declined an invitation to appear before Emile Short Commission - Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has revealed reasons for declining an invitation to appear before the Justice Emile Short Commission of Inquiry that probed the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

According to him, he was not a person of interest to the Commission and therefore could not fathom why he was invited to appear before the Commission.

To him, the national chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo was the right person to have been called since he was privy to most of the information on the ground.

“When the election was taking place on that day, I wasn’t in Ghana and this Commission looked unconcerned and wrote to me to invite me as a material witness. It wasn’t about a General Secretary of the party.

“A crime has been committed and the person who participated in crime or a key witness should be the one to have been invited and so Ofosu-Ampofo was the one who was leading and making decisions to withdraw and so on and acted as witness to so many things but the Commission never saw all these and didn’t invite him. Is that fair?” he asked the host of Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show host Osei Bonsu.

Mr Nketia said he wrote to the Commission to decline the invitation because he was outside the jurisdiction when the incident happened.

“After they wrote to me, I wrote back and told them I can’t appear before them because I was out of the country,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Commission has presented its report to President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The report outlines the findings and recommendations of the Committee.

While presenting the document to the President, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Emile Short did not give details of the report but was optimistic that the recommendations would be implemented.