The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been accused by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of resorting to lies in their campaign for the Assin North by-election.
The NPP Communications Director, Richard Ahiagbah, said the NDC was trying to gain political advantage by spreading falsehoods.
He claimed that the NDC had fabricated and circulated a video that was falsely attributed to the NPP’s chairman for the Assin North constituency. The video suggested that the chairman had lost hope because the NPP would lose the by-election.
Mr. Ahiagbah, who is currently in Assin North, said the video was a hoax and an attempt by NDC members to influence the voters to their side.
“NDC is creating a difficult problem for our democracy going into the future. They have come here [Assin North] to lie and they are using all kinds of communist inferior tactics to engage the conversation here, and that is very disturbing. It is perhaps useful for their politics today, but it is damaging and creating a bigger problem for what will be left for our posterity to be a democracy when we walk away from the stage.
“The NDC recently did a video, falsely attributing to our constituency chairman in Assin North, saying he’s given up because we are going to lose the seat. And therefore, they are just here to do what they can’t do but then obviously NDC is going to win the seat. Completely false, completely made up, NDC made up the video. He’s organising things here [in Assin North],”
He described the video as misleading.
He said the NPP had deployed all its executives who were working hard on the ground to win the seat.
“That video doesn’t come from us, if the NDC denies that they are not the ones behind it, then whoever is behind is deceiving, misleading Ghanaians. NPP is here on the ground working. We have deployed all our national, and regional executives here. This morning they are busy at the venue organising and engaging. We are going to refute all those falsehoods the NDC is peddling. As though politics is about lies. The NDC is moving away from the realm of reasonableness and engaging in blatant lies and falsehoods,” he stated.
The Election Commission (EC) has scheduled June 27 for the by-election.
The NDC has re-nominated James Gyakye Quayson as its candidate, while Charles Opoku is representing the NPP.
The by-election was necessitated by a Supreme Court ruling that annulled the election of James Gyakye Quayson as Member of Parliament for Assin North because he held dual citizenship when he contested and won the seat in 2020.
Following this, Parliament was ordered by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to remove his name from its records.
However, the Speaker of Parliament has asked the Supreme Court to clarify its directive.