The flag-bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama has described the alleged Ofosu Ampofo audiotape as propaganda crafted by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and accused it of spying on its opponents to occupy time for being idle.
“Our opponents are good at propaganda and they will come up from time to time with things to distract us, this issue of a tape is just a distraction, dismiss it with the contempt it deserves and let us focus our message to Ghanaians.
“Let us tell Ghanaians what we can do for them, cease the endless arguments with the NPP, it is only a government that has too much time on its hands because it is not working that will have time to go and bug the office of its opponents,” he stressed.
Speaking to party members after a victory health walk on Saturday, a week after his election as flag-bearer, Mr Mahama pointed out that “we do not have time for that, let us focus our message and tell Ghanaians what we can do for them.
“We already have a track record, we have governed this country before, let us focus on the things we can do for Ghanaians to make their lives better and not be distracted by the shenanigans of the NPP government,” he noted.
At the same event, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Chairman of the NDC, indicated that “the NPP cannot sleep because they know the NDC has a chairman who is a peaceful person, a chairman who is reconciling his party and bringing his party together in unity to win 2020.
“I want to assure all Ghanaians the NDC will not kill women to win power, the NDC will not kidnap people to win power, the NDC will not insult to win power, the NDC will bring a message of hope to Ghanaians,” Mr Ofosu Ampofo stressed.
On his invitation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service, he said: “I want to assure you the NDC Chairman has not run away from anybody, our lawyers have informed the CID the national chairman of the NDC will come to the headquarters to answer any questions they want even though they first invited us through WhatsApp.”
Mr Ofosu Ampofo has been under intense condemnation by the NPP following the leakage of an audiotape which captured a male voice purported to be his, urging communicators of the party “to wage a relentless war” against the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa; “insult” the chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante and use “tactical” means to put fear in some Ghanaians by letting them know “their lives are in danger” in the lead-up to the 2020 polls.
Though Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communication Officer of the NDC, had described the tape as “fake” and “doctored” in an interview his deputy, Kwaku Boahen, had confirmed the voice, is that of Ofosu Ampofo.