The propaganda machinery of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will be put into full swing with the opposition party, publishing a purely defamatory book alleging stealing, corruption and massive acquisition of expensive properties to the members of the Mahama family, ministers, and other appointees.
The book to be christened “Greed Book” will have fake pictures of luxurious mansions both in Ghana and abroad, cars, hotels in Dubai, filling stations across Ghana, as some of the properties acquired by the Mahama family, especially his wife, Lordina Mahama, and his appointees in just four years of steering the affairs of the state.
The properties will be matched against pictures and names of these individuals, including business mogul, Ibrahim Mahama, ministers and their deputies. The lies in the book are expected to be laundered through the pro-NPP newspapers, social media platforms and fake internet websites for onward discussions on radio and television political shows.
The Herald sources within the NPP, told the paper that the idea to write the book was conceived by a teenage daughter of Nana Addo’s nephew, Gabby Asare Ochere-Darko at his East-Legon home, and immediately plans were put in place to have the evil political agenda executed.
Sources say, the idea came up during an informal chat at Gabby’s residence. This was after Gabby was beaten by the Police during the riotous demonstration by the pro-NPP group; Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) to ask the Electoral Commission (EC) for a new voters’ register, last year.
The decision to print this book, is to whip up negative sentiments from some gullible minds against the John Mahama government. The purpose is to establish a claim of corruption against the government, however, fleeting. It is also to entice the NDC into unnecessary court actions and lose focus on the November 2016 campaign.
The amazing thing is that, the “Greed Book” is coming at a time the NPP, has not gotten cash to print its manifesto to enable Ghanaians assess what its flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo plans doing differently from President John Mahama in managing the affairs of the country.
Again, in the absence of NPP manifesto, the party is planning to print another book entitled “Blue Book” to equalize the National Democratic Congress (NDC) “Green Book”, currently being used to trumpet the achievements of the Mahama government.
Of the two books, “The Greed Book”, is currently being printed at a secret location in Accra and sooner than later, it will be released ahead of the November 7 election, it will lead the attack for Nana Akufo-Addo.
Already, the NPP, has mentioned quite a number of Mahama’s appointees as thieves, alleging they have bought very expensive properties at the expense of tax payers.
Those mentioned include, the ex-Minister of Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, who was accused by the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) of Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong of buying a mansion at East Legion; a very affluent residential area in Accra.
The well-crafted propaganda piece, won’t be different from the recent falsehood by the NPP that the Central Regional chairman of the NDC, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, had been arrested at the Heathrow Airport on drugs and money laundering charges. The false claim was led by Hopeson Adorye.
Sometime last year also, the NPP generated pictures of some filling stations, claiming they were for appointees of the Mahama government. Most of the filling stations, had pictures of personalities such as Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, and Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
Houses were also put out with corresponding pictures, claiming they were those of the NDC appointees.
Again sometime last year, the Deputy Power Minister, was forced to publicly dismiss as irresponsible politicking, the opposition NPP’s claim that, government officials, have amassed questionable wealth, which should be investigated.
John Abdulai Jinapor, denied owning any fuel station or hotel and neither is he aware of any of his colleagues having such properties as claimed by the NPP, by no mean less a person like the Minority leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu, at a press conference dubbed a ‘true’ State of the Nation Address.
The Minority leader, had dared President Mahama to take his corruption fight seriously by investigating what they believe is a property acquisition spree of members in his government.
“Let the President cast his eye on his own household, his appointees, including DCEs, his Ministers and Deputy Ministers, his party leadership. Let the President, flash back and remember where they have all come from, just six years ago and put his hand on his chest and tell the nation, whether they were clean.
“That the several mansions, the luxurious vehicles, the filling stations, the hotels, the hostels, other very material acquisitions both within and without Ghana that they have acquired in six years are not as a result of corrupt practices and the nation will follow him in his self-declared ‘war against malfeasance’.”
The Minority Leader, had said in March 2015 that he was willing to back the allegations with evidence, if the president shows interest, but the terms and conditions were described by John Jinapor as “irresponsible”.
“It is very easy to come out and peddle falsehood….if we engage in speculative accusations that is when people think that we are corrupt…..let’s fight corruption but let’s do it responsibly” he said on Joy FM Super Morning Show.
Discounting the perception that politicians are corrupt, he said, he knew former ministers who are now living in penury.
“I know lots of former ministers who today are very very poor”, Jinapor maintained.
According to the deputy minister, the motivation for making claims “without any shred of evidence” was because, the NPP are fixated on winning political power.
Deputy Minority leader, Dominic Ntiwul, rejects this view. He says, the Minority will not “waste” it’s time and energy to give details, only for an unwilling president to fall short of pursuing the case.
Even if it takes an NPP government in power to prosecute persons believed to be corrupt, the party is prepared to wait, because criminal conduct does not have an expiry date, he suggested.
Nonetheless, the Bimbilla MP, said statements from the defeated National Chairman of the NDC, Kwabena Adjei, is an important pointer to corruption in government.
He quoted Kwabena Adjei, as saying in the run-up to the NDC Congress last year that, he had never before witnessed the sheer amounts of money being shared to buy votes.