NDC, NPP tango over cocaine scandal

kofi_adamsThe National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams says the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has the worst record when it comes to official complicity in drug-related issues.

He, therefore, advised officials of the opposition party to refrain from commenting on narcotics-related issues.

“We know that in this country when we mention drugs we know the party that shakes. They (NPP) should not be looking for a twin brother that does not exist, when it comes to matters of illicit drugs,” he stated in an interview yesterday.

He was reacting to calls for a probe into government’s handling of a cocaine bust by United Kingdom authorities at Heathrow Airport, that end in the gaoling of a Ghanaian lady Nayele Ametefe.

The Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, had in a press statement issued on Wednesday accused the government of complicity in the cocaine scandal.

He raised a number of “pertinent questions” which he said buttressed the fact that the John Mahama-led government was involved in the cocaine scandal.

But Kofi Adams riposted that the NPP rather has questions to answer so far as the latest cocaine scandal was concerned. He believed the NPP’s statement was just an attempt to pin the government to the cocaine case.

“It is the NPP that said Nayele has undergone several plastic surgeries as well as knowing the ladies that travelled with her to the UK,” he pointed out.

“One of them, we are told is an NPP lady, they have not come to deny that,” the NDC organiser alleged.

Kofi Adams pointed out that, the NPP would be the beneficiary if its officials like Nana Akomea keep quiet when it comes to discussions on narcotics.

Backing his assertion, he cited the MV Benjamin cocaine scandal which happened under the NPP administration but claimed nothing substantial was done at the time to show government’s commitment to fight the illicit drugs trade.

According to Mr. Adams, the President Mahama-led administration has demonstrated a clear commitment to fight drugs.

He said the trial of some persons alleged to have aided Ms Nayele to export the drugs from Ghana and the dissolution of the NACOB Board were evidence of government’s commitment to fight the narcotics trade.

He said the so called “powerful persons” Ms Nayele mentioned in her statement would be apprehended by thorough investigations into the case, adding that “this is not a government that will cover any drug dealer”.

Nana Akomea however prayed persons being tried in Ghana for aiding Ms. Nayele would not be used a smokescreen to hide the real culprits Ms. Nayele cited.

He challenged government to show it was interested in getting the names behind Nayele’s drug trade irrespective of their political affiliation.

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