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General News of Friday, 3 November 2000

Source: Daily Graphic

NPP intends to destabilise nation — Awoonor

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THE National Democratic Congress (NDC) has stated that it has in its possession documents written by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Campaign Manager, Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, intended to cause mass disaffection against the government and make the country ungovernable.

“ We are in the possession of several documents written by the NPP Campaign Manager, which reveals the true intentions of the party in this year’s general elections.”

A national Vice-Chairman of NDC, Professor Kofi Awoonor, who said this at a news conference in Accra yesterday, pointed out that NPP has hatched an unholy agenda aimed at fabricating and distorting government’s programmes and the economic situation in the country in order to score what he termed as “undeserved sympathy” among the electorate.

Prof. Awoonor quoted portions of the document, prepared by the NPP Campaign Manager which, among other things states that “The objective of negative propaganda is to create confusion, low morale, eroded confidence, fear, uncertainty, discord, disunity within the opposing party in order to reduce performance to our advantage,”

The NPP document , according to the NDC Vice-Chairman, added that “ Our philosophy is that a relentless , sustained and ever-increasing psychological effort should be made against the NDC party at all places and at all levels to ensure the disorganisation and possible break-up of the party.”

“ The NPP agenda also says that propaganda material must be created , and this calls for ingenuity, resourcefulness and creativity. Produce articles under pen names which will serve the objectives of negative propaganda for publication in the NPP News and other independent papers. Produce press releases in respect of all NDC incidents that can be exploited,” Prof. Awoonor said.

He explained that the NPP has directed its members to use negative propaganda produced at rallies to achieve the desired effect among the electorate.

Prof. Awoonor said true to the directives from the leadership of the NPP, the NDC has witnessed a spate of negative propaganda mounted by all segments of the NPP to turn every single programme of government into an act of national betrayal.

“ These include not only the worthy humanitarian programme of medical evacuation abroad upon advise of a medical board for treatment of cases that cannot be handled locally, [but also] the trumped up charges of dissipation and misapplication of funds in the centralisation of vehicles purchases which was commended by Parliament of which the NPP is an active part,” he said.

The NDC Vice-Chairman accused sections of the media for being conveyor belts for the propagation and dissemination of the NPP’s propaganda aimed at inciting the broad masses of the people against the government.

Prof. Awoonor advised foreign missions, the donor agencies, foreign NGO’s and the United Nations system to make sure that they are not lured into becoming collaborators in plans and conduct of the NPP which threaten the country’s young democracy.

He reiterated the party’s commitment to peaceful elections and remarked that the party will be civil in its campaigns to encourage the electorate to return the NDC to power.

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