General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has cited the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its leadership, especially President John Dramani Mahama, in the motor accident that occurred in Bole Bamboi involving the 2012 vice presidential candidate of the Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
Mr Owusu Afriyie – also known as Sir John – says for the accident to happen in Bole Bamboi “of all places”, “we are calling on President John Dramani Mahama, otherwise known as John Dumso dumso Mahama to come clean,” he said at a press conference held on Monday, March 18, 2013.
He said the NDC is aware the presence of Dr Bawumia provides key witness in the Election Petition that he, together with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, filed at the Supreme Court.
“I have looked at the case. We have examined it and noted the modus operandi of the NDC and the national security and I can tell you we can feel the spokes of the umbrella in this matter,” Sir John told journalists.
“The NDC knows that if [Mahamudu] Bawumia is not there, then our case was dead and therefore, whatever it takes for them to eliminate Dr Bawumia and some key members of our legal team including some key members of our party executives, they will do so. So [Sunday’s] incident was the part of the grand scheme of the NDC to get rid of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia,” he added.
But this allegation has been sharply dismissed by Sir John’s opposite number in the NDC.
John Asiedu Nketiah said those who would seriously want to get rid of Dr Bawumia will be dissatisfied members of the NPP.
He urged Ghanaians to consider Sir John’s allegations as a comic relief.
“I think that this should be taken as a comic relief. Fortunately, nobody in this country takes the utterances of Sir John seriously again,” he said.
“Why should we be interested in the assassination of [Mahamudu] Bawumia. Those who should be interested in killing Bawumia must be those who are dissatisfied. They have served NPP. It has come to their turn to ascend to the presidency and that somebody is being foisted [on them]; somebody who has not been an NPP member for [even] a period of five years would just come forward to be their flagbearer,” Mr Asiedu Nkwetiah argued.
He noted the allegations smack of desperation on the part of NPP.
“It is coming out of desperation. It is coming out of a party that has no credible leadership and so anybody can just get up and say anything in the name of the party and just walk away with it,” he stated.
He, however, asked the “leadership” of NPP to bring to order some of these “characters”.
“I think time has come that the leadership of NPP, if there is any remaining, will call such characters to order,” he admonished.
Dr Bawumia was on Sunday involved in a motor accident on the Bole road on his way to Kumasi. He was travelling with Kwabena Boadu, his press aide, Tanko, his bodyguard and Emmanuel, his driver. All escaped unscathed.