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General News of Friday, 21 July 2017


Receiving faceless EC petition is an insult to the presidency – Sammy Gyamfi

An activist of the opposition NDC, Sammy Gyamfi has questioned the motive behind the presidency of Akufo-Addo’s receipt of a petition by the unnamed staff of the EC against its Chairperson, Charlotte Osei.

According to him, a petition with such barrage of allegations filed by faceless people should never have been given any attention by the seat of government which is meant for serious business.

He opined that accepting the petition of faceless EC staff is an insult to the presidency and cheapening of the seat of Government.

“The Flagstaff house should have thrown the petition against the EC Boss into the dustbin. The petition which has no petitioners cannot be entertained by the seat of Government. It is an insult to the president of Ghana to receive a petition without a direct source. The petition can best be used to rap corn, bo-frot or groundnut” he opined.

EC boss Charlotte Osei is facing battle to keep her office after a petition filed by some of his staff seeking to impeach her over stated misconducts.

The 29-point petition makes some damning allegations against Mrs. Charlotte Osei but she has vehement denied all charges in a press release.

She has also threatened court action against the petitioners or their counsel for defaming her.

The issue has generated heated political debate between the two main political parties, the NPP and NDC.

Speaking on Asempa Fm’s Ekosii Sen programme, Sammy Gyamfi says giving an attention to “such a hollow” a petition smack of a nation is never serious and has never been serious.

“I now agree to the assertion by many that this nation not serious. If we were serious, we should not be discussing the EC matter because nobody owned up to be the petition. We should be very serious and not cheapen the presidency”

He described the unnamed petitioners of Charlotte Osei as untruthful, coward people who should be treated with the contempt it deserves. “If they were truthful and not coward, they should own up and face Charlotte squarely’.

He believes issues raised against the EC Chair in the said petition is hollow and be dismissed immediately because it can’t stand the test of any serious scrutiny.

“The petition is baseless and should have been thrown away immediately. The allegations in the petition are hollow and should never be considered. They claimed she has no good human relationship so she should be impeached? Is she there to make friends? And that she is inept in management of the commission? Who determines that? Our time is being wasted” he observed.

The Former Public Relations Officer of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) accused the presidency of as turning the nation into “banana republic” where law and order is being relegated to the backyard.

“Under Akufo-Addo Ghana has turned into banana republic where state institutions are being attacked. Ghana has been rendered not serious under Nana. Useless issues like this are being considered”.