The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has rubbished some documents making rounds in the media, purported to be the outcome of investigations into the causes of the NDC’s defeat by the Kwesi Botchwey committee.
Some media houses have in the past few days published varied stories about the NDC, based on the supposed Kwesi Botchwey committee report.
But speaking in an interview with Citi News’ Umaru Sanda Amadu, Asiedu Nketia said the documents are fake, because the party has not published the committee’s report.
“We’ve taken a position that Kwesi Botchwey’s report is meant for internal consumption so it has not been published anywhere. So any commentary that is being run or any alleged capturing of Botchwey’s report and serialization cannot represent any genuine document coming from NDC.”
The NDC General Secretary further accused the NPP of using the supposed documents to divert attention from major issues in the country.
“I have also observed that, it looks like the NPP government wants to use some fake Kwesi Botchwey report to divert the attention of Ghanaians from the hardships that they are going through. So it’s like they are always using something purporting to be coming from the Botchwey’s report to divert attention of any major issue that seems to be indicting the government,” he added.
Mahama laughs off supposed Kwesi Botchwey report
Former President John Mahama, who was amused by the recent publications, also took to social media platform Twitter, to make a mockery of it.
“It appears ‘KB report has been adopted by some media as the new handbook for any challenge facing Gh…. In the event of crisis, open any page and quote. Lol,” he tweeted.
NDC quiet on Kwesi Botchwey
The leadership of the NDC has been tight-lipped over findings of the report which was submitted in June 2017, after months of touring and holding consultative meetings with interest groups and individuals across the country.
However, some media outlets including the Daily Guide newspaper and Accra-based Joy FM in series of news stories, have made public what they claim to be some findings of the committee.
The publications, among others, have pointed to Stan Dogbe and Elvis Afyiie Ankrah as John Mahama’s undoing.
It also indicated that, the report had cited some officials at the Flagstaff House during Mahama’s tenure of shortchanging journalists by cutting down budgeted stipends for the presidential press corps and pocketing the rest.