Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan is regarded from afar as a meek and mild person who would always maintain his cool in the face of any heated debate.
But the EC Chair, bared his teeth and showed the other side of his personality to Ghanaians in general and host of Oman FM’s morning show, Fiifi Boafo, in particular when the latter sought a response from him regarding the issue of his ‘whereabouts’.
The alleged failure on the part of the host to inform Mr Afari Gyan that he was on air, attracted a drama that would never be forgotten anytime soon.
Before the real drama unfolded on the Madina-based privately owned radio station, Dr. Afari-Gyan had been telling the host in an even tone of voice that he was surprise some people want to make an issue of his absence from court since hearing of the election petition filed at the Supreme Court began.
Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told the host that he has not made any attempt to fly out of the country as being speculated and can confidently tell Justice Dotse that he is still residing in Ghana.
Unbeknownst to the EC Chair (so he claims), the interview was being aired live on-air. Dr. Afari Gyan subsequently inquired from the host if he (Afari Gyan) was on air.
“I hope you are not recording me? Are you recording or you are not recording?” he asked.
On the third inquiry, Fiifi Boafo informed him “doc you are on air. Production has informed me we are interviewing you on air so you are on air and we are talking to you”.
A clearly riled Dr Afari-Gyan, who felt his privacy had been breached,
then spewed forth a tirade of abuse at the host.
“This is crazy, this is stupid and this is very unethical,” and abruptly ended the interview.
But Peacefmonline.com can confirm that the production team did indicate to Dr Afari-Gyan that he was going to be interviewed live on-air.
According to the host, Fiifi Boafo, he was on a commercial break when he overhead one of his producers informing the EC boss that the interview will be aired live, and thus at a loss the sudden outburst of anger from Dr Afari-Gyan.
What is unclear is whether the EC boss did really hear that particular piece of information and gave clearance for a live interview or whether he thought the interview was going to be recorded and subsequently played back.