…As He Drags Obetsebi-Lamptey’s Aide & Others To Court
Hackman Owusu Agyeman, a former Minister in the Kufuor administration, former Member of Parliament (MP) and currently a member of the Council of elders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has filed a GH¢5million defamation suit against Giraffe Publications, publishers of the Daily Post newspaper and Michael Dokosi (editor), for defamation.
Also sighted in the suit is one Mahama Haruna, a former aide of the ex-NPP National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.
Haruna had worked with Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko as journalist on Nana Akufo-Addo’s pro-NPP New Statesman newspaper. He had also served party executive of the NPP in the Bole-Bamboi Constituency in the Northern Region.
The said suit by Mr. Owusu Agyeman, is over the publication and remarks by the Daily Post, Mr. Dokosi and Mahama Haruna that, he (Hackman) recorded and leaked a secret meeting between former President Kufuor, some members of the clergy and some party elders at Mr. Kufuor’s residence in Accra, recently.
Checks by The Herald showed that, the defendants are yet to be served, although there has been several publications in the media about they having been sued by Mr. Owusu Agyeman.
According to the publication, Owusu Agyemang, was accused by Mr Mahama Haruna of recording the meeting and leaking the story to embarrass the former President, embarrass the clergy for saying things that will not inure to the sustenance of the NPP and ensure that Nana Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the NPP, loses the 2016 elections.
Amongst the claims sought by Mr. Owusu Agyeman are; “Damage for libel in the sum of GHC5million, an order of perpetual injunction to restrain the Defendants, whether by themselves, their agents, servants, workmen, privies or any of them or otherwise from further writing, printing, publishing and/or causing to be written, printed and published the said words or similar statements defamatory of the plaintiff.”
The defendants have eight (8) days to respond to the suit.
Mr. Owusu Agyeman, has been very concerned about the spurious allegations making the rounds. As an elder within the party and after serving the Danquah, Busia, Dombo tradition for decades, he finds such an attempt to tarnish his hard-earned reputation both in politics, public life and business life very worrying.
He said the allegations were preposterous, hence the court action.
Mahama Haruna’s credentials as an NPP member have not been in doubt. A document written by him in response to the doubts over political leaning and cited by The Herald states “I was born into the NPP. I have been a political player for sometime now, having joined the NPP in its formative stage”.
“I have since diligently served the party in various capacities. At age seventeen, I was the youngest delegate at the Congress that elected the late Professor Albert Adu Boahen Presidential candidate in 1992”.
“I have occupied several positions both in school and outside school for the NPP. I was Secretary-NPP Youth Wing on Campus, TI Ahmadiyya Secondary School-Kumasi and leader NPP Branch on Campus, N.J. Ahmadiyya Teacher Training College Wa.
“ I was a Polling Station Secretary of Home Science-Bole (1998). In 2000 I was appointed a member of the Campaign Committee for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency. After the 2000 election, I became Secretary of NPP for the Bole-Bamboi constituency. As constituency Secretary for Bole-Bamboi from 2001 to 2003, I was responsible for the re-organisation and restructuring of the basic structures of the NPP in the constituency”.
On his media activities, Haruna Mahama wrote “I was a Political Reporter for The Statesman (2003-2004) and a member of the Presidential Press Corp (2005) and extensively covered President J.A Kuffours official activities inside and outside the Castle”.
“While at the Statesman, I became the Organiser of the Association of Muslim Journalists of Ghana (AMJOG)”.
“I was a regular panellist of the newspaper analysis segment of, the GBC Unique FM were I defended and explained the programmes, policies and intentions of the NPP government during discussions. I also engaged other panelist in mind stimulating intellectual discussions”.
“The Ministry of Information and National Orientation under Kwamena Bartels later drafted me as a member of its Ministerial News Management Team in 2006”.
“In the run up to the Presidential Primaries of the NPP I staunchly supported Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo- Addo and was made a member of his Communication Committee”.
“My responsibilities included taking charge of the Communication Secretariat at the Campaign Office, writing of minutes of meetings of the Communication Team, liaising with members of the Communication Team to be on Radio and Television, inviting the Communication Team members to meetings and monitoring of the media on daily basis”.
“During the 2010 National Executive Elections of NPP, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey appointed me as his Campaign Teams Media Coordinator”.
“My responsibilities included keeping contacts and records of journalists and media houses (i.e.TV, radio, newspaper journalists, reporters, etc.), monitoring the media for positive and negative stories on Jake, setting some records straight, co-coordinating all media coverage during the campaign and convening of meetings of a team of media experts to assist in creating communication strategies for the campaign. I also built a good relationship with journalists who gave the Campaign positive publicity”.
“So any sycophant and bootlicker can sit at the NPP Headquarters and write thrash.”