Sam George Budu Koomson
It was a moment of shame and discomfort when in the course ofJoy FM’s news analysis programme Newsfile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nettey George, called into the showto counter a blatant falsehood that was being peddled by no mean a person than a very close associate of President Akufo-Addo.
Captain Budu Koomson on the show on Saturday, tried to shift blame onto the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the electoral violence that was recorded during last Thursday’s by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon to replace the late MP, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, who died last November.
The former military officer insisted that, his sources told him that the masked National Security operatives, had credible information which suggested that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate, Delali Kwesi Brempong, had camped some macho men with weapons at his home who were gearing up to foment trouble in the Constituency.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nefex Consult, did not end there, he went on to accuse the MP for Ningo-Prampram, who was openly assaulted by the operative of the National Security for storming the Constituency with 15 alleged macho men on motorbikes when Police had earlier warned against that.
But the MP, who called into the show, vehemently rejected the claim that he entered the Constituency with motor riders.
“I need to say for the fact that, the presentation by Capt. Budu Koomson with respect to my person is entirely false and incorrect and I would urge him to exercise restraint and retract and apologize. Because let me state for the fact, I drove myself alone, I was alone in my vehicle, drove myself from the morning, when I entered the constituency around 6am.
When I got to La Bawaleshie, I was driving alone; the second vehicle that was behind me was a Deputy Women Organizer of the NDC,Maame Efua.
The second thing that happened was a group of men from national security who said they were arresting her because she had taken a picture of them. There was a police DSP by name DSP Azu, he’s a serving man in the Ghana Police Service, he was in the Police uniform, he was leading the team I engaged him.
DSP is alive, those serving in the police service, can call and ask him if I arrived with any motorbike, I did not move with any motorbike” he stated emphatically.
He then continued by citing more eyewitnesses “Rowland Walker of Joy TV was present when I arrived at the center. Everybody will attest to the fact that, I drove myself I was walking alone, if there is been an assault and we want it investigated,let us be circumspect, let us not create things that is the figment of people’s imagination, and let us not denigrate people’s integrity.
The lawmaker dared anyone who doubted his submission to provide contrary evidence to counter his or forever keep quiet. Mr Nettey George threatened; he will drag anyone who continueson that tangent like Capt. Koomson on the show will have his day in court with him.
“I am challenging anybody who makes such allegation again will hear from my lawyers and they will have to prove with evidence because it was open, there were media men there, there were cameramen there, there was Joy TV, there was Citi TV”.
On whether or not he was engaged by MP for Ablekuma South and former Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) over his action ostensibly to calm nerves, this is what he had to say “Gratefully, Hon Okoe Vanderpujie is alive I met Oke Vanderpujie at 6:45. I was coordinating the MPs who were supposed to work on the day so I had been given all the accreditationsfrom the Electoral Commission.
I met Hon. Okoe Vanderpujie 6:45 AM in the company of Hon. Linda Ocloo MP for Shai-Osu-Doku and Hon. Francis Dakorah; MP for Jirapa at 6:45 AM in front of Akuafo Hall on Legon campus and gave them their accreditation and then told them where they were supposed to be stationed to work. I never engaged Hon. Okoe Vanderpujie anywhere again”.
Budu Koomson , had earlier tried to justify the action of the masked men, with host Samson Lardi Anyenini, enquiring from him many times, whether he believed the claim especially so because from accounts available to him, it appeared nothing of the sort occurred, but the ex-soldiers still defended his claim saying he believed what his sources in government had told him.
He at times waved, saying he did not have all the facts, adding “We would all have to wait and get all the information”. Strangely, he however believed that it was rather in the interest of the opposition NDC, to have the election marred with violence.
“Well, I have more of a challenge to believing that the government orchestrated it but on the other hand, if I put everything on the scale, I will think that the spillover, the result of what has happened, it makes the NDC look better than the government.
In the sense that, the government in power anything that went wrong, is the government in power that is blamed, I mean they were in control of the security agencies, if UNDP makes a comment that is negative about what happened it reflects on the country everything.
So if it comes to who orchestrated what I would find it difficult to believe that the party in power will orchestrate this thing to what effect, what was the advantage to orchestrate this thing, I have a challenge there”, he submitted.