Former president John Mahama and other top executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are in court to back national chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and Kwaku Boahen, a deputy communication officer.
The two are facing charges of conspiracy to cause harm and assault against a public officer following a leaked tape during a meeting of party officials.
Mr. Ampofo has denied the voice on the leaked tape is his. A voice on the leaked tape told party communicators that “we’re going to take her [EC boss] to the cleaners.”
“As for the EC chair, we must wage a relentless war on this EC chair. Me, she doesn’t want to see my face,” Ofosu-Ampofo allegedly said at the meeting which took place after the Ayawaso by-election.
As part of strategic communication plans for the NDC going into the 2020 elections, Ofosu-Ampofo allegedly gave his blessings for the communicators to verbally attack the Peace Council chairman Professor Emmanuel Asante.
Mr. Ampofo was initially invited by the CID for investigations and was granted GHC40,000 bail with two surities.
Meanwhile, the NDC has alleged there is a grand scheme by president Akufo-Addo to gag its officials through prosecutions.
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia in a statement said the charges against the party’s national chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and a deputy National Communications Officer Kwaku Boahene are “frivolous” and “illogical.”
The duo are due for court today.
“We are aware that the frivolous, trumped up and illogical charges brought against our officials form part of a grand scheme by an increasingly intolerant and vindictive Nana Akufo-Addo to gag the political opposition.
“Mr. Akufo-Addo is under the misguided belief that this partisan prosecution will divert attention from his dismal display in government and the maladministration that is fast driving Ghana into a ditch,” the statement said.