The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it has gathered the information that government was working to get its national chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo arrested as part of a ploy aimed at lowering him in the esteem of Ghanaians.
Consequently, the party through a statement issued by Kakra Essamuah, its Director of Communications has urged its supporters to expect the arrest.
This is following Mr Ofosu-Ampofo’s refusal to honour an invitation to report to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, to assist in investigations into the recent spate of kidnappings and arson in the country.
A suspect had accused the NDC chairman of being behind the crimes, a situation which informed the police to invite him for questioning.
The NDC said in a statement that it has learnt that the security agencies intend to effect the arrest in conjunction with elements of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante forces and that they intend to do so in a manner aimed at lowering him in the esteem of Ghanaians.
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“The NDC takes a very serious view of the government's intention, if our information is correct, and wish to bring to the attention of the country that as the Chairman of the largest opposition party in Ghana, our national Chairman is entitled to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity,” a statement signed by Mr Kakra Essamuah, Director of Communication, said.
Below is a full copy of the statement by the NDC
IMMINENT ARREST OF THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS, HON. SAMUEL OFOSU-AMPOFO.
The National Democratic Congress has learnt that the government, using the security agencies, has obtained a court warrant in the past few days for the arrest of our national Chairman, Hon. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.
We have further learnt that the security agencies intend to do this apparently in conjunction with elements of NPP vigilante forces and that they intend to arrest the Chairman in a manner aimed at lowering him in the esteem of Ghanaians.
The NDC takes a very serious view of the government's intention, if our information is correct, and wish to bring to the attention of the country that, as the Chairman of the largest opposition party in Ghana, our national Chairman is entitled to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Whilst still respecting the already-stated stance of the Council of Elders regarding police invitations, we wish to state that the national Chairman is a law-abiding citizen who will never flout an order properly obtained from a court with authority to do so.
This statement is also issued to notify the teeming supporters of the National Democratic Congress to expect the imminent arrest of the national Chairman for the purpose of advancing the narrow political interests of President Akufo-Addo to silence all legitimate political opposition.
At all times, the national Chairman of our party can count on the solidarity of the entire membership of the party and we stand solidly behind Hon. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.
Issued on Sunday June 9, 2019.
Director of Communications