The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has denied media reports its National Chairman, has defied the party elders by honouring an invitation from the head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
In a statement dated Saturday May 11, 2019 and sent to The Herald said the “publication is totally false and that Hon. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, has not dishonoured his own party by meeting with the CID, nor does he intend to do so”.
The story, saying that the NDC National Chairman, had ignored the advice of the party and honoured the invitation extended to him by the CID on Thursday May 9, 2019, was first published by the Accra-based TV3 and subsequently carried by internet portal, Ghanaweb.
But in swift rebuttal, Kakra Essamuah, the Director of Communications for the opposition party wrote “for the record, the legal team of the party, delivered its own letter on the invitation to the leadership of the CID on Thursday May 9, 2019. The secretary of the CID Director, Mrs. Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, elected to receive her boss’ copy of the letter from the legal committee, declining the invitation in front of Television cameras. Another copy was deposited at the secretariat of the Inspector General of the Police. Later in the same day, the CID Director General telephoned the legal team and asked for a meeting with the team together with Hon Ofosu-Ampofo. This request was flatly rejected”.
It disclosed that, “on Friday May 10, 2019, the legal team, had a meeting with the leadership of the CID. Chairman Ofosu-Ampofo, was not in that meeting”.
It added that “it is unfortunate that such a scurrilous and misleading story should find its way into the public domain through such a medium”.
It concluded that “Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo is a faithful servant of the National Democratic Congress and intends to continue as its Chairman based on the interests of the party. By this statement, the party is therefore requesting its teeming supporters and all well-meaning Ghanaians to ignore that publication”.
The TV3 story, had claimed that the NDC National Chairman, had defied the counsel of the party’s Council of Elders to honour the invitation from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service over recent allegations of kidnapping and arson.
The party’s Council of Elders and some party executives, had advised Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, not to honour the invitation, describing it as “baseless” and an act of “victimization”.They dared the CID to arrest Mr Ofosu-Ampofo.
His legal team, in a response to the invitation, also reiterated the position of the party and argued the invitation from the CID is prejudicial to a case he is already standing trial for. In the said response, his legal team stated that he could not honour the CID’s invitation.
It, however, emerged late Thursday evening that Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, had arranged with the CID to have the meeting Friday dawn to avoid the spectacle that usually characterises pro-party meetings.
It turned out the Friday dawn arrangement, did not hold, but was rather moved to mid-morning, during which time inside sources confirmed a private meeting between the CID and Mr Ampofo was held.
A crack team of lawyers, including former Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, and her deputy, then, Dr. Dominic Ayine, as well as Abraham Amaliba, were later spotted at the CID headquarters.
Our sources also reveal that, the NDC chairman, is expected to formally give his statement on the matter as that reportedly was the consensus reached by the two parties.
The claim by the television station had turned out to be false. It is not clear, if the media house will apologise.