NATIONAL CHAIRMAN of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, has urged his competitors in the upcoming national chairmanship race, to stop ‘peddling lies’ against him, if they do not have any campaign message to deliver to delegates.
Ofosu-Ampofo said this when addressing journalists in Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital over the weekend.
He said, “… If they have nothing to say, they should throw in the towel and withdraw from the race because I want to assure you that I will win this election and I will win it hands down, and I will lead the NDC to power.”
He also refuted claims that dismissed former members of the party such as Koku Anyidoho and Allotey Jacobs were members of his campaign team, adding that the rumour being peddled by his opponents was a deliberate attempt to court disaffection for him, but that has also failed.
“For the records, I am National Chairman, I presided over the meeting where we decided to dismiss Koku Anyidoho and Allotey Jacobs. I will be the last person to undermine my party. For those spreading rumours that Koku Anyidoho and Allotey Jacobs are members of my campaign team, I want to categorically state that this is mere propaganda. It is a figment of their imagination. Under no circumstance will I bring persons dismissed by the party, who are not even delegates to become campaign team members,” he stated.
According to him, he had enough men and women with integrity who were supporting his campaign.
“I don’t lack people who will campaign for me who are bonafide members of the NDC. So, those contesting me should come and tell us what they will do when they become national chairman and others. They should not hide behind people to say that Koku Anyidoho, Yaw Boateng Gyan, Dela Coffie, and Allotey Jacobs are regular panel members on Ahotor FM, a radio station that belongs to me. None of them has been a panelist on my radio station before. So, I want to use this medium to dismiss that propaganda being festered,” he added.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo also debunked festering propaganda that he was “anti-John Mahama”, adding that no amount of lies and propaganda could mar the exceptional relationship and loyalty to former President John Dramani Mahama.
“I have been loyal to former President Mahama and continue to be loyal to him. And I want to state that if our delegates endorse him or vote for him, which I know is a possibility and likely scenario, I will give him my 200% support. I will work for him 24 hours to ensure that he wins the next elections and form the next government to bring the policies to rescue this country into reality,” he pointed out.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo expressed confidence that delegates of the party will re-elect him having led the party to improve its performance from 4.8 million votes to about 6.3 million votes in the 2020 presidential election, and also increased parliamentary seats from 106 to 137 and annexed the Speaker of Parliament position for the party.