The Deputy General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, is apprehensive about the chances of the party winning the general elections scheduled for November 7 this year.
Anyidoho harbours the fear that a section of the international community could be working against the Mahama administration to ensure the NDC’s defeat in the elections.
Even though the discussion centred on the issue of the credibility of the existing voter register which the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has questioned, Koku had a way of roping in the international community.
“…We must beware that a certain section of the international community is not interested in continuity; they are looking for a regime change so that continuously there would be a cycle of regime change so that would keep us dependent on them…,” were his exact words when he spoke on Adom Fm’s ‘Dwaso Nsem’ morning show yesterday, even though he refused to drop any name.
He therefore asked Ghanaians to beware of some of the schemes being employed by some of these foreign entities against the government in order not to fall for them, insisting, “there is a certain section of the international community that is supporting the regime change of the NDC; it is a known fact.”
The former presidential spokesperson was, however, confident that “the good people of Ghana will vote not the international community and we believe by the voting time the decision will be taken to give President Mahama another four years for the NDC to continue the transformational and better Ghana agenda.”
Anyidoho noted, “That is where the NPP is drawing its energy from but unfortunately, the goodwill and the good decision of Ghanaians shall prevail.”
For him, the NPP put out “a very watery argument” as compared to what he referred to as “a very solid argument” put out by his party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, when the issue about the demand for a new voter register came up for discussion as a panel of five decided to collate views on the matter.
Koku could not fathom why the NPP as a party declined to furnish the Electoral Commission (EC) with its evidence of purported Togolese found in the Ghanaian voter register, saying the burden of proof laid on the NPP.
Typical of him, he did not fall short of casting insinuations. “It is only in the elephant kingdom that that kind of logic operates… but in the world of rational thinking human beings, nobody operates like that.”
According to him, the fact that the NPP had so far not been able to furnish the EC with all the evidence it claimed to have on the said bloated register but only managed to bring out 10% was an indication that it had failed miserably.
It was in this regard that the once powerful Koku – a man that once said a suspected cocaine dealer, Asem Dake, who had been arrested, was singing like a canary bird, for which reason no presidential candidate of an opposition party should attempt to leave the country – called the NPP’s vice presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, a liar.
Asked if government was prepared for the tension that could emanate from the rejection of the NPP’s call for a new voter register, he said, “The police are on high; the military has been given their mandate, they will work. Let Gabby and co dare; if they don’t want just somewhere to sleep then they will certainly get somewhere to sleep.”
By Charles Takyi-Boadu