The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. Asiedu Nketiah has described the arrest of the Party’s National Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo as a calculated move by the government to intimidate the NDC.
An arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Samuel Ofosu Ampofo last week.
This follows the refusal of the Chairman to honor an invitation to report to the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, to assist in investigations into the recent spate of kidnappings and arson in the country.
According to the General Secretary, the government for some time now has made it a point to use the various security agencies in the country to intimidate members of the NDC and frustrate the party’s activities for no earnest reason. The arrest of Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is a clear indication of such acts he said.
“You all will remember that there have been several attempts by the government of Ghana to use the state security to intimidate and frustrate us in the NDC and the Chairman’s arrest is one of such moves.”
Mr. Nketiah explained the refusal of the party’s chairman to honor the initial invitation by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service as a collective decision of the NDC’s Council of Elders, he said,
“Following the numerous attempts made by the government to intimidate the NDC and its officials with state security, the council of Elders held a meeting and decided not to honour any frivolous invitation from the police”
He, however, reiterated that the party shall resolute and work towards attaining power come election 2020 and will never be intimidated by the government.
In February this year, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo came under strong criticism after audio in which he was allegedly inciting violence leaked. The NDC Chairman was heard on the tape planning to use a series of politically motivated kidnappings ahead of election 2020 to defame the Nana Addo led government. He was also heard urging the party’s communicators to target the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa. And was also sanctioning attacks and insults on the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Emmanuel Asante.
Elliot Ayertey Nuertey | univernewsroom.com