General News of Saturday, 5 January 2019
The largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has refuted allegations that it’s plotting to assassinate controversial prophet and leader of Glorious Word and Power Ministry International, Rev Isaac Owusu Benpah.
“Our initial inclination was to ignore these tantrums with the contempt it deserves. However, upon second thought, and in view of the fact that these allegations border on criminality, we feel compelled to amend our original position”, the party said in a statement signed by Deputy General Secretary in charge of Operations, Peter Boamah Otokunor.
Some Muslim youth stormed the church premises of Rev. Owusu Bempah on December 2, 2019, destroying properties worth thousands of cedis he declared that some past and current leaders of this country including ex President Kufuor and his wife, ex President John Mahama, Vice President Dr. Bawumia and the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharabutu will all die this year, 2019.
Rev. Owusu Bempah in a radio interview accused the NDC party of being behind the attack and also planning to assassinate him by hiring a hitman from Salaga in the Northern Region to kill him.
But the NDC in the statement said it “again, we wish to state emphatically that the NDC had no hand in the vandalism of his church premises. Neither has the NDC engaged any assassins. These are fertile but unholy imaginations of Rev. Owusu-Bempah.”
Read the NDC’s full statement below:
For immediate Release.
Saturday, 5th January 2018
REV. OWUSU-BEMPAH MUST STOP DISGRACING CHRISTIANITY
The attention of the Leadership of The NDC has been drawn to the allegations made by Rev Owusu Bempah on Asempa FM on Friday, 4th December, 2018 against the party. In the said interview the so called Man of God stated among other things that “largest opposition party the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has planned to assassinate him”.
Our initial inclination was to ignore these tantrums with the contempt it deserves. However upon second thought and in view of the fact that these allegations border on criminality we feel compelled to amend our original position.
The NDC unreservedly refutes the allegations by Rev. Owusu-Bempah regarding any involvement of the party in the events of January 3 at his church. His incantations preceding the public outcry have justifiably attracted enough widespread opprobrium.
It was our sincere hope, following the dignified intervention of the National Chief Imam, Rev. Owusu-Bempah, the spiritual advisor to President Akufo-Addo, would heed the cautions from Religious leaders and the wider Christian community to exercise restraint in his utterances.
Sadly, he persists in a display of levels of maturity and social consciousness that is beneath his age and stature. Having sown the seeds of discord, chaos and intolerance across religious lines, he now extends this imprudence to today’s volatile political arena.
Again, we wish to state emphatically that the NDC had no hand in the vandalism of his church premises. Neither has the NDC engaged any assassins. These are fertile but unholy imaginations of Rev. Owusu-Bempah.
We in the NDC will not fall for this cheap attempt to draw us into the politico- religious quagmire that this NPP hireling has put the President in, but remain focused on the more important issues of national concern raised in our statement earlier in the week. If Owusu Bempa himself believes in these allegations he should know how to seek redress through the appropriate channels.
Accordingly, the NDC requests the general public to disregard the farcical and unfounded slander against our party and its membership. Our attention is focused on defending the dignity and decency of Ghana’s democracy in these trying economic times.
We will continue to beseech the grace of God for the people of Ghana, and remain steadfast in our faith in the promise of His goodness and mercy.
Cde. Peter Boamah Otokunor
Deputy General Secretary (Operations) – NDC