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Opinions of Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Did NPP employ a NASA computer analyst to hack EC's Computers?

In the wake of NPP and Nana Akufo Addo winning overwhelmingly Election 2016, rumours started circulating in Ghana that the NPP hacked into the Electoral Commissions computers to stop Mrs Charlotte Osei and the Electoral Commission (EC) from doctoring the election results to favour the NDC and President Mahama.

As a down to earth person, always interacting and familiarising with the ordinary economically-suffering and needy persons, I boarded a trotro bus from Kumasi Abrepo to Kumasi Kejetia. While on the bus, a man sitting behind me in the back row seat was happily talking to another passenger saying how NPP had hired a NASA computer scientist or analyst to hack into the EC's computer to help NPP win Election 2016.

At a point, I felt it necessary although uninvited, to chip into the mans private conversation to correct his erroneous belief. I asked, could I please ask you a question? I have overheard your conversation but I feel your story is not as 100% true as you are alleging. The NPP has not, and had not, hired anyone to hack into the EC's computers for whatsoever reason. It must be noted that it is criminal to hack into corporate, national or international security agencies and even private persons computers. Anyone doing so opens themselves up to criminal prosecution.

What is hacking? Hack among other dictionary definitions means, to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.), usually with malicious intent.

How then could NPP, a political party that believes in the inviolable sanctity of the rule of law and democratic dispensation engage in such a nefarious activity? I would wish whoever is the person taking that dishonourable credit for hacking into the EC's computer will come out to debunk that false allegation. He could have been employed by the NPP to help us quickly and expertly collate the election results from the polling stations and the constituencies collation centres. Anything more to this as is being falsely alleged is the figment of people warped imagination.


NASA is the U.S. space agency, acronym of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, set up in 1958.

Back to the “trotro” bus, the man who was being chatty over the phone and later engaged one of my friends on the bus in a conversation claimed to be a big NPP faithful who visits the Ghanaian internet news portals to read about the NPP and Nana Akufo Addo almost everyday. When questioned about who the prolific writers defending the cause of the NPP are, he started mentioning only people with doctorate degrees. He said, Dr Okoampa, Dr Baah Tuffuor, and Dr Osei etc.

Apart from Dr Okoampa who is indeed the no.1 prolific writer, are there not many others who although are without doctorate degrees, do come before the other PhD holders the man mentioned? In Ghana, most Ghanaians are so infatuated with PhD holders and do kowtow to them very unnecessarily.

Yes, the NPP might have taken genuine measures to neutralise the rigging plots hatched and set in motion by Mrs Charlotte Osei and her EC outfit and President Mahama and the NDC but they did not hack into the EC’s computers.

The credit for the resounding success of Nana Akufo Addo and the NPP goes to all Ghanaians who in diverse ways campaigned for, prayed for, and voted for positive change from NDC to NPP. Again, there were other ordinary Ghanaians who do not even have a University degree but who played remarkable roles to defy the malicious intents by that shameless Mrs Charlotte Osei to rig the election for NDC and President Mahama as it was perceived; for Nana Akufo Addo and NPP to win the election to the joy of almost all Ghanaians.

To these unknown ordinary persons, I say, bravo and more grease to your elbows. Do not bother if the credit due you is given to other people with higher University degrees. All that matters is we have won the election for the incorruptible Nana Akufo Addo to come to relieve Ghanaians of their economic hardships and to save Ghanaians from the thievery and the institutional corruption that were overtly being perpetrated and perpetuated by President Mahama and the NDC government.

Merry Christmas to Boat and his colleagues and all the NPP Prayer Warriors as well as all those who campaigned and voted for Nana Akufo Addo and NPP to win the election.

Stay tuned for more info from Rockson Adofo, a returnee from Ogyakrom

Rockson Adofo