The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has noted the recent admonition of President John Dramani Mahama for truth in our political and public discourse and share in his call.
He said this in direct reference to reports on the cocaine smuggling scandal that has rocked this nation in recent weeks.
The NPP, on the basis of this call and in the belief that this call must not remain another of his ordinary talk, wishes to call on the President to take immediate action to end the lies coming out of the Presidency.
We wish to focus the President’s attention to the ongoing Nayele Ametefeh “Cocaine Scandal” and the lies, which have come out of the Presidency itself. In a desperate attempt by the Presidency to forcibly and falsely drag the NPP into a problem created by the authorities themselves, some people have been paid to go out to do just that.
We particularly call on the President to immediately call to order, his appointed Communications Consultant, Samuel George, who has been giving a special assignment by the Presidency to, by all means, pull the NPP into this matter. It was not the NPP which gave the confessed cocaine smuggler diplomatic access to take drugs to the UK.
Yet, in the past few days the young man has been on a lying spree spreading all manner of lies even though he continues to be exposed by the facts. It is a mark of the kind of leadership of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama that he will continue to make Samuel George his main frontline spokesperson when repeatedly Sam George is exposed to be a liar.
Samuel George, a known Communications Consultant of the President, before and after the arrest of one Mohammed Alamid Dawood, put out various lies on his Facebook wall and on various radio stations.
Sam George, who is paid by Ghanaian taxpayers, went on radio to desperately link this Alhaji Dawood to the New Patriotic Party. He claimed that Alhaji Dawood works with KELM Engineering, which was one of the contractors used by the NPP administration in the construction of the Jubilee House, the seat of the Presidency today. He went on to say, therefore, Alhaji Dawood was a financier of the NPP.
This was pointed out to him as a blatant lie but he continued to lie and was encouraged by the Presidency to do so.
KELM, the company whose reputation Samuel George consciously run down on numerous platforms, has since issued a denial, carried in the state-owned Daily Graphic of Monday 1st December.
The denial has established the fact that KELM was set up in 2009, when the NDC was in power and, therefore, could not have worked on the Jubilee House under the NPP administration as claimed by Samuel George. The NPP left office on January 7, 2009. Indeed, the Company went ahead to indicate that Mr. Dawood only joined the KELM in December 2013 and left this year.
We have attached a copy of the publication of the Daily Graphic.
The President cannot pretend he is not aware of the deliberate lies being spewed in his name by the likes of Sam George. It is a mark of dishonesty on the part of the First Gentleman of the land.
It was this same Samuel George who came out from the Presidency passionately to say that there was collaboration between the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and the British authorities in the arrest of Nayele Ametefeh, even before NACOB issued the statement that later turned out to be false.
Aside the initial statement put out by the NACOB, there was a conscious attempt by the Presidency to force down this falsehood into the minds of Ghanaians. This attempt was led by no other than the same Samuel George, the President’s Communication Consultant, who on various platforms, most notably on Adom FM on Wednesday 19th November, categorically stated that NACOB had collaborated with the British Security on the arrest of Nayele. He proceeded to even 'educate' listeners on how sting operations were conducted.
Samuel George, by his actions and lies, continues to expose the desperate attempt by the Presidency to forcibly pull the NPP into this Cocaine scandal. The Presidency should focus on dealing with the actual issues of drugs being carted through diplomatic access (whether VVIP or VIP) and stop paying and encouraging shameless propagandists to lie about the opposition and other institutions.
Sadly, this is just another evidence that in John Dramani Mahama we have a leader without ideas or solutions for the problems facing the country; a leader who still believes that he can continue to use lies and propaganda to deceive the good people of Ghana. This is irresponsible and a nasty form of governance.
Mr President, if you are indeed decent then do the decent thing by distancing yourself from the lies of Sam George. The President must once and for all demonstrate to the ordinary Ghanaian that he has the capacity or potential to take his own words seriously.
The ball is in your court, Mr. President. Start with your Communications Consultant. Take the lead and the Nation will follow.
Anthony Abayifaa Karbo
(Deputy Communications Director)
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