Former President John Dramani Mahama has denied claims by the Bono Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, suggesting that the 2020 flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was planning to overthrow the current government.
Baffoe, also known as Abronye, is standing trial for the claim which the police have termed as a false publication.
A statement signed by Joyce Bawah Mogtari, a Special Aide to Mr. Mahama said the publication by the NPP man was concocted, stressing that the former president ” has not met with any group of people, let alone a terrorist group, to plot to stage a coup d’etat.”
“President Mahama is very well known, both in Ghana and internationally, as a democrat and a strong believer in strengthening democracy not only in Ghana but across the continent of Africa.
“Therefore, any attempt to align or associate him with anti-democratic activities, acts of destabilization, and abuse of human and other rights, cannot be true,” Madam Mogtari noted.
She said that was not the first time Abronye had made such “despicable and reprehensible allegations and caused same to be published about President Mahama and many other leading members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).”
Mogtari added, “This further clarification, despite reports of police action against the said Abronye, is simply to re-emphasise President Mahama’s integrity and democratic credentials.”
Abronye had alleged on Accra-based Hot FM that Former President John Dramani Mahama was involved in a coup plot.
He reportedly claimed that former President John Mahama had met with the Al Qaeda militants in an attempt to stage a coup in Ghana.
He also alleged that it was Mr. Mahama that instructed the convenor of the FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor to threaten a coup should the controversial E-Levy be passed by parliament.
In a press statement dated Tuesday [Feb 15, 2022] signed and issued by the Public Affairs Officer of the Accra Regional Police, DSP Juliana Obeng said: “preliminary investigation has established that his claims against former President [Mahama] are untrue and likely to occasion a breach of the peace.”
“In view of this, he [Baffoe] has been formally arrested and charged on two counts of publication of false news and offencive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace.”
The case has been adjourned to March 9.
At the court were NPP National Chairman, Freddy Blay, General Secretary John Buadu and some party executives.
Source : Myxyzonline.com|Ghna