Highly-charged and most unguarded political utterances on the Accra-based radio station, Oman FM 107.1 owned by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South, Kennedy Agyepong, has for second time landed the name of the station in the law court, with the latest being contempt conviction of Kwadwo Owusu-Afrieyie alias Sir John.
The radio station, notorious known for twisted reportage and commentaries on the Election Petition filed by the NPP’s failed presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, resorted to unconventional radio tactics and given an unfettered access to spew lies about the judges.
Indeed, Ernest Kofi Owusu-Bempah, should long have even been contemnor of the Supreme Court as Sammy Awuku, Stephen Atubiga, Kenneth Adjei Kuranchie, having on that same Oman FM many times called the judges names and even threatened their lives by asking them to remember the barbaric 1982 gruesome murders of the three High Court judges and the Army Major, before giving judgment in favour of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
What is shocking is that the Managing Director of Oman FM, Stella Agyepong, wife of Mr. Kennedy Agyepong, was one-time the President of Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), which is appealing to players in the broadcasting industry to exercise restraint in their reportage of the on-going Election Petition
First to drag the name of Oman FM to court last year, was its owner, Kennedy Agyepong, who in a frenzy, had an unfettered access to the Oman FM Morning Show, hosted by Fiifi Boafo and made genocidal comments during the Biometric Registration Exercise (BRE) endangering the life of indigenous Ga people and Ewes, leading to his (Kennedy) criminal prosecution.
The frenzy radio station, which operates from the Zongo Junction area of Madina Municipality is well acknowledged for spewing venom and engaging in character assassination on the air. Indeed, Oman FM, has become a platform for stirring political tension.
Mr. Agyepong, had his brush with the law over the genocidal comments, a member of the NPP Communication team, Titus Glover now a sitting MP for Tema East Constituency, went on air spewing another falsehood which could have landed Ghana in trouble.
Titus Glover, claimed that three supporters of the NPP had been killed by personnel of the Ghana Police Service in a show of brute force, after the NPP supporters had besieged the police headquarters, demanding the release of the incarcerated MP and in the process pelting stones into cars, destroying electricity poles and traffic lights among others. This turned out to be a lie.
Interestingly, it was the same Lawyer, Ayikoi Otoo, who came to the rescue of Kennedy Agyapong, over their politically emotive radio outburst on Oman FM.
The coolheaded Mr. Otoo, speaking to an Accra based Citi FM, indicated that beyond the Constitutional and legal positions he held in the party, he was available and the party could tap into his experience.
He had described Oman FM as a place where lots of NPP hawks gather to get carried away by what he called “Gbeshie” – a curse in the Ga language.
The mostly objective ex-Minister of Justice and Attorney General said, ‘‘They [NPP] should make use of me; if they realize my worth, let them make use of me and I think it will be for the general good and for the development of the party.
According to him, some elements within the party failed to consult him in taking key legal decisions, including the drafting of the guideline for party communicators on how to avoid contempt.
”I am the chairman of the NPP constitutional committee, but I must say that they’ve not made use of me the way I would have expected them to do…”
”I had all the fame before I was made an AG,” said the former Attorney General.