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28.11.2008 Elections

Maame Dokono Strips NDC

By Daily Guide

AN ATTEMPT by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to destroy the reputation of Madam Grace Omaboe popularly known as Maame Dokono, with allegations of drug peddling, has hit a brick wall.

Maame Dokono, whose defection from the NDC to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) sent shivers down the spine of the main opposition party, was alleged to have been busted in South Africa for drug trafficking.  

However, Maame Dokono said it was a malicious fabrication calculated to silence her and tarnish her reputation, stressing that she would not give up until Nana Akufo-Addo was elected President.

At a mini rally organised by the NDC in Cape Coast after a keep-fit exercise on Sunday, a leading activist of the party reportedly told the gathering that Maame Dokono had been arrested in South Africa in a failed cocaine smuggle attempt, and that government was paying huge sums of money to rescue her from the grips of the law.

 The allegation was followed by sms text messages in a deliberate attempt to spread the message and defame the former NDC parliamentary candidate for Birim North.

However, the ploy did not work as Maame Dokono was seen seriously campaigning for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the NPP at Cape Coast yesterday.

Many of the people who saw Maame Dokono on the platform marveled due to the fact that the NDC functionaries had alleged that she was arrested with cocaine in South Africa only a couple of days ago.

Reacting angrily to the allegation, Maame Dokono stated that she had never been to South Africa before, adding that it was a plot by the opposition party to destroy her.

“My sister, although people have been telling me that South Africa is a very nice place, I have not had the chance of going there, let alone be caught with cocaine; and I believe it is even the will of God that I have not been there before to shame those rumour mongers”.

She told journalists that the NDC had seen that she was exposing their evil intentions, hence the malicious lies against her.

The furious Odokono boldly revealed that she knew so many people in the NDC who were directly involved in the cocaine business.

She however stated that “it is not necessary mentioning names because in politics, we deal with issues not personalities”.

Maame Dokono expressed concern about the way and manner the NDC was telling all kinds of lies to the public. She asked, “Is this the kind of people who want Ghanaians to vote them into power?”

She said she was in Germany about four months ago to partake in a fundraising ceremony in support of Nana Addo's presidential bid, adding that since then, she had not set foot outside the country.

“Two of my children are nurses in the United Kingdom, one a banker and the other in Ghana studying at Achimota School,” she said, emphasizing that she was not in need of money or any resources to compel her to push drugs.

She stressed the need for women in the country to vote for the NPP which she said has the welfare of women at heart, citing the introduction of the Capitation Grant, Free Delivery and School Feeding Programmes among others aimed at improving the living conditions of women.

In a related development, Nana Addo has held a press interaction with editors in the Central Region, with a call on them to help ensure peaceful elections in the December polls.

Nana Addo said he was confident that the NPP would win all the 19 parliamentary seats in the region due to the rousing welcome he had received from the people.

He therefore thanked the people of Central Region for the support they had been giving the party since the year 2000, pledging to undertake more developmental projects when given the nod.

From Sarah Afful,Cape Coast