The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused opposition party, the National Democratic Congress of creating a false sense of insecurity in the country in the round up to the December elections.
According to the party, this move by the opposition is meant to “play on the emotions of Ghanaians for electoral gains”.
Citing names such as Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Sammy Gyamfi, and Inusah Fuseini in the press conference, they posited that, statements by such “leading members of the party” amongst others “affirm this assertion”.
“Through propaganda, the NDC is creating a false state of insecurity in the country to play on the emotions of Ghanaians for electoral gains”.
“The General Secretary of the NDC in a ghanaweb.com report on October 11, 2020 alleged that government was issuing weapons from the State armory to over 4,000 pro-NPP vigilantes. This blatant falsehood is part of the NDC’s grand scheme to fictitiously create a worrying state of insecurity to deceive the electorate.
In a similar vein, the incumbent party further asserted that the opposition NDC, has also resorted to spreading of fake news to dent the image of the NPP government.
Solidifying their claim with the recall of “fake news portals” such as graphicgh.com, they noted it was intended to “mimic graphic.com.gh” in a bid to “churn out fake news that misinforms the general public”.
“Indeed, the NDC has registered and is using so many of such domain names to populate the internet space with a lot of fake news.
“They mimic established media houses like the Ghana News Agency and such state news agencies. So, they have ghananewsavenue.com, bbcnewsghana.com and ghanapoliticsonline.com”.
The NPP further cited instances where it purported that that leading NDC operatives started referencing graphicgh.com, a fake news portal, as the source for the alleged blacklisting of Ghana by the European Union (EU).
Consequently, a statement by Ambassador Diana Acconcia, head of EU’s delegation to Ghana “which debunked the said allegations, has stripped the NDC naked”.
“Again, the National Cyber Security Centre has confirmed that an audio circulating on social media purported to be from an international media outlet suggesting that a Government official was involved in laundering money to the UK, is also fake”.
The likes of the Ghana Revenue Authority which according to the NPP issued a statement to debunk the NDC’s allegation that that “a so-called big man in government is arm-twisting its agents at the Tema Port to release arms that were illegally imported into the country”, was also brought to bear.
In an effort to understand the intents of the opposition, the incumbent called for answers on what the NDC seeks to achieve “by constantly raising the temperature of the county and seeing to create an atmosphere of insecurity”.
“We remember with shame how in 2008, the NDC put out names and so-called account numbers of NPP Ministers under President Kufuor with ridiculous amounts of monies allegedly deposited in their accounts, which in total, exceeded Ghana’s entire resource envelope”.
They further called the opposition out by condemning their revolting acts and behaviour of the “leading NDC operatives”.
“As people who are looked up to by their rank and file, the least this nation requires of them is a sense of decorum and decency and an adherence to basic ethical principles that promote national cohesion and progress”.