The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has described as “comic relief” calls on him to desist from speaking on the subtantive issue before the Supreme Court involving three leaders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President John Mahama, the NDC and the Electoral Commission.
A directive was issued by the Ghana Journalists Association together with some lawyers in the country to admonish the media not to grant the General Secretaries, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie of the NPP and the NDC Chief Scribe, Asiedu Nketia, platforms to comment on the on-going election case because they tend to twist the facts to their party’s advantage.
But speaking in relation to this directive, Asiedu Nketia, also called General Mosquito, found it intriguing that there are persons in the country whose desire is to gag him.
He believes it is a subtle attempt by the opposition NPP to pitch him against their party’s General Secretary in order to keep him away from the airwaves.
Addressing the issue on Radio Gold, General Mosquito was of the view that the directive is “an admission that NPP back is behind the wall now” because the lawyers making the calls, he claimed, are NPP loyalists.
He therefore expressed unwillingness to quit making comments on the election dispute because to him, his critics “find it very difficult to contain the truthful explanations that I have been giving on air. Because you realize that the NPP set out to lie to Ghanaians and that is why immediately after the elections, they put certain things together and threw them out there into the public domain, accusing the NDC of rigging elections and then, using the offices of some private companies.”
He found it unfortunate for anyone to give such directives but claimed the NPP is behind them because “they give themselves out as people who want a way of preventing the truth being told to Ghanaians about things that we can testify with our eyes because we participated in.”
“They would have used their General Secretary’s rubble-rousing to block me from explaining the issues to the Ghanaian public, and I think that it is unfortunate,” he continued, asking why the NPP addressed a “full-blown press conference immediately they filed this petition in court?”
“They are the lawyers. We are their so-called illiterate; we don’t know anything. But isn’t it interesting that the so-called lawyers including their flagbearer and O.B Amoah, himself, and all the legal gurus in NPP go to address a full-blown press conference, commenting on things they have just filed before the court and drawing conclusions, and declaring themselves winners of the elections when the matter was yet to be dealt with by the court. Why was O.B Amoah or he had forgotten the section of the law that dealt with contempt at that time and it is now that he is remembering?”
He further stated that the recent developments are indications that the main opposition party does not consider “their General Secretary as a competent lawyer…NPP are finding out very difficult to face the truth.”
The NPP, he concluded, has just put together “a pack of lies, intended to deceive Ghanaians; intended to cause confusion in this country.”