17 January 2013

Ghana: Minority Leader - I Have Never Plotted Against Jake

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, says the article that appeared in one of the 'criminally rented NDC press' suggesting that he and some members of the New Patriotic Party Parliamentary Caucus were planning to replace the chairman of the party, "could only exist in the figment of the writer's imagination."

"I have never plotted against Jake. Never will I ever do so. I do not believe anybody has ever done so in the Parliamentary NPP Caucus. I suppose the writer was only trying to divert attention from the serious matter of the NPP petition in court. If it were so, it was amateurishly handled.

"I have not discussed anything about NPP Chairmanship with anybody. Honourable O.B. Amoah, the other MP mentioned in the story, has told me that he does not know anything about it. I suppose it is only a red herring," Mr. Mensah-Bonsu told The Chronicle. "The publication is a huge joke."

The Honourable Minority Leader wondered why a newspaper could put up such a blatant lie without contacting those it claimed were scheming to remove the NPP Chairman.

"We have implicit faith in Jake as Chairman of the NPP, and would not be distracted from our noble cause of seeking justice for the people of Ghana, whose votes are now a subject of controversy."

He said with all the freedoms given to the media, "it is very disappointing when people abuse these freedoms in their bid to cause mischief."

He said, as it exists in any institution, there is the good, the bad and the ugly. "The ugly side of journalism is threatening to bring the noble profession into disrepute.

"There are very decent newspapers in Ghana. It is a shame that there are people calling themselves editors, and churning out publications that do not seem to respect any of the tenets of journalism.

"I do not think any decent Ghanaian ought to worry his or her head about that newspaper and the garbage it churns out."

In another development, Mr. O.B. Amoah, Member of Parliament for Akuapem South, has denied ever plotting against the Chairman of the NPP.

"We have more pressing issues about the election and its disputed result to contend with.

"But, if mushroom newspapers believe they would cause mischief, that is up to them. For me, I have never been involved in any plot to remove anybody. I take solace in the fact that it is not every publication in this country that is credible."

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