The much anticipated meeting between the embattled National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and the police could not take place yesterday.
This is because Mr Ofosu Ampofo was yet to receive the formal invitation letter from the CID as of Thursday morning.The supposed meeting follows a leaked audio in which Mr Ampofo is said to be conspiring with party members to harm political opponents.
On the recording, a voice believed to be Mr Ampofo’s the Pentecost Church Elder is heard urging people to take the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa to the ‘cleaners’.
“As for the EC chair, we must wage a relentless war on this EC chair. Me, she doesn’t want to see my face,” Mr Ofosu Ampofo is alleged to have said.
The voice also endorsed verbal attacks on the National Peace Council Chairman, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante.
The audio tape also suggests that abductions and kidnappings could be used to silence political opponents.
The CID subsequently asked Mr Ofosu Ampofo who has come under fire over the comments he allegedly made in the secret recording to report at the headquarters at 10am Thursday.
Following that, the CID announced on Wednesday that it had initiated investigations into the matter and has consequently sent an invitation to Mr Ampofo.
But journalists from various media houses who waited at vantage points with their cameras to capture Mr Ofosu Ampofo’s arrival at the CID headquarters on yesterday was left dissapointed.
Operation vehicles of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) including water tankers were seen positioned at vantage points with police personnel in full gears ready for operational duties at the entrance of the CID headquarters.
However, three hours after the scheduled meeting, there was still no show amidst suggestions that Mr Ofosu Ampofo has decided not to honour the police invitation.
Police sources told however say that the invitation letter was sent to the house of Mr Ofosu Ampofo but the private security officer at the entrance refused to accept it.
The police later took the letter to the NDC head office at Adabraka in Accra but Mr Ofosu Ampofo was not available to receive it and so a copy was sent via WhatsApp to which the source said there was an indication that, he had received and read the message.
However, at about 2:30pm, two members of the NDC legal team, Mr Victor K. Adawudu and Abraham Amaliba visited the CID headquarters to meet top police officers.
After the closed-door meeting, the lawyers told journalists who were waiting outside that, Mr Ofosu Ampofo was yet to receive the invitation letter and that, they were there to verify from the police if they had indeed invited Mr Ofosu Ampofo following information they had picked from various media houses.
After that meeting, the police sent the invitation letter to the NDC headquarters and a police source confirmed that the office had confirmed receiving the letter.
Meanwhile, the NDC has described as concocted and false the alleged tape purported to be the voice of Mr Ofosu Ampofo, talking about what led to the party’s decision to withdraw its polling agents from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on December 31, 2019, among other matters.
In a statement signed by its Communications Officer, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, and released by the Communications Bureau of the party, the NDC dismissed the authenticity of the said tape and accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some members of the government of being behind its making and circulation.
It, therefore, urged the public to disregard the said audio which had gone viral and “treat all of its content with the contempt it deserves”.
But, in a press conference earlier yesterday, the NPP described the alleged comments by Mr Ofosu Ampofo as “bad and ugly”.
The Director of Communications of the NPP, Mr Yaw Buabeng/Asamoah, who addressed the press conference, urged “right thinking members of the NDC” to distance themselves from the “shameful leadership”.
He advised those in the party who believed in ideology to demand resignations, stating that “all those culpable must account to the NDC and to the nation, so that they restore their moral right to participate in the decent politics of this country”.
A leaked tape purported to be the voice of Mr Ofosu Ampofo in a meeting with party communicators said: “We’re going to take her [EC boss] to the cleaners.”
In the tape, he also gave his blessing to the party communicators to insult Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, the Chairman of the National Peace Council.
“For the first time, I’ll endorse insulting the National Peace Council Chair,” he said.
The alleged meeting between Mr Ofosu Ampofo and NDC communicators was aimed at planning strategies ahead of the 2020 elections.
In its statement, the NDC said the contents of the tape were inconsistent with Mr Ofosu Ampofo’s character and track record, adding that it did not reflect the values he had always stood for.
“The maliciously depraved and clearly doctored tape has been contrived by some devious elements in the NPP and the government to undermine the NDC and its National Chairman,” it stated.
It, however, indicated that its position on the issues that were alluded to in the alleged audio were matters of public record and that it would not resort to a secret meeting to plot the events captured on the tape.
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