General News of Thursday, 15 January 2015
The Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has urged the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, to speak as a matured politician.
Nana Obiri Boahen, who claimed he was reacting in his personal capacity to a press statement from the NDC accusing the opposition party of complicity in the Nayele Ametefe cocaine case, said he was quite dumbfounded after reading the wording of the statement.
“Enough is enough [for] the high level of mediocrity and absurdity you (Asiedu Nketiah) have been parading in this country…” he said on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem show on Thursday.
Since the arrest and sentencing of the lady who carried 12.5 kg of the illicit drug through the Kotoka International Airport to Heathrow Airport, the two parties have been accusing each other of being complicit in the drug business.
The 32-year-old, who bears several names, was sentenced to eight years, eight months in jail by a judge sitting at the Isleworth Crown Court in London.
The NPP shortly after her sentencing sought answers to several questions including claims that the lady with the backing of influential persons in Ghana used the VVIP section of Ghana’s only International Airport.
They also sought to know why Ghana’s High Commission in the UK had a vehicle on the tarmac of London’s Heathrow Airport at the same time the lady was arrested on board a British Airways flight.
But these and several claims including Nayele travelling on a diplomatic passport from Ghana was rubbished by Asiedu Nketia at the press conference yesterday.
Citing several past instances of the cocaine business by Ghanaians including the MV Benjamin and Eric Amoateng cases, the NDC scribe said the NPP was more complicit in the drug business than the NDC.
He thus concluded that it was quite mind boggling for the NPP to try to dress the NDC in cocaine-tainted apparels since “the NPP’s track record on drug trade remains unmatched.”
But the NPP Deputy Secretary describes these comments as ones borne out of ignorance and a clear demonstration of a lack of common sense on the part of the NDC man.
“…otherwise why do you equate Nayele case with Amoateng’s own…?” he asked.
He added that he did not know if Asiedu Nketia was stricken by a strange disease when he was a child, hence making him spew out ‘nonsense’ and ‘untruths’ most of the time.
He further called on Ghanaians to always treat statements of Mr. Asiedu Nketia with the disdain it deserves.