General News of Thursday, 14 March 2019
Former president John Mahama has said allegations by Rev. Owusu Bempah that he is planning with others to assassinate president Akufo-Addo and his vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia are “false.”
Rev. Bempah, who is a close associate of Akufo-Addo, alleged on pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) radio station Oman FM that some leading members of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) including Mahama are plotting to take away the lives of Akufo-Addo and Bawumia.
“A certain meeting has been held and I want to talk about that meeting that was held on this station. I am saying this as Owusu Bempah I have seen. That they have hired people to kill me. And they have said that they would do whatever is in their power to eliminate President Nana Akufo-Addo, as well as the vice president and our Papa Kennedy Agyapong and Chairman Wontumi. In total they are 5 people. Ghanaian should take serious note of what I am saying,” Bempah alleged.
Reacting to the accusations, Mr. Mahama said the claims must “remain imaginations of a warped mind and effusions of a politically-tainted founder of a church who would say and do anything to attract attention to himself.”
Below is the full statement:
The attention of former President John Dramani Mahama has been drawn to claims made by a certain Pastor Owusu Bempah on Oman FM on 7th March, 2019 accusing the former president of planning to commit a crime.
In direct response to the said accusations, I am directed by Mr. Mahama to state that the claims of the said pastor are false. They remain imaginations of a warped mind and effusions of a politically-tainted founder of a church who would say and do anything to attract attention to himself.
As a known surrogate of the Akufo-Addo government, the said Owusu Bempah’s statements are clearly calculated to distract the attention of the suffering masses of Ghana from the mounting issues of bad governance, corruption, insecurity, hardship and dishonesty.
It is disgraceful that someone who claims to be a prophet of God would readily agree to be used to broadcast lies emanating from a vivid imagination instead of preaching the word of God. Never in the entire account of the bible has there been any anointed prophet of God who only praises a king and turns a blind eye to the evils committed in his reign.
Mr. Mahama would also like to take this opportunity to assure the good people of Ghana that he remains the peaceful, focused, people-loving, and gentle politician that he has always been.
He will not be distracted by the deliberately planned and concocted stories to keep afloat a scandal-mongering campaign against him by the ruling party.
Joyce Bawah Mogtari
March 14, 2019