“When the NPP composes a song, it is the Presby Church that sings it for them.” This is the view of the ruling National Democratic Congress, articulated Monday by members of the party's communication team in their spirited assault on the integrity and credibility of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
Incidentally, this was the same time the former Moderator of the Church, Most Rev Dr Yaw Frimpong Manso, was calling for ceasefire on the 'hostilities' between the church and the NDC.
The NDC insists the leadership of the church cannot claim to be independent in their thinking and position on national issues.
According to Kwadwo Twum Boafo, Felix Ofosu Kwakye and Allotey Jacobs, all leading members of the NDC communication team, the position articulated by the General Assembly of the Church on the creation of additional 45 constituencies was not informed by the pursuit of the national interest, but a desire to “do propaganda” for the opposition New Patriotic Party.
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana, like many well-meaning individuals and groups, believe the Electoral Commission will be doing the nation more harm than good in going ahead to create additional constituencies for elections in December, with only two months to the polls.
The position of the Church has not attracted any reaction from the EC, but the ruling NDC insists the position of the church is motivated by the desire to always do the bidding of the NPP.
Kwadwo Twum Boafo, Executive Secretary of the Free Zones Board, yesterday accused the leadership of the church of refusing “to speak out when members of the New Patriotic Party engaged in damnable acts that send this country into the strata of opprobrium.”
“On the contrary, it has seized every opportunity to castigate the NDC at every turn, whilst failing or refusing to chasten the NPP with comparative fervour when the need has arisen to do so,” he added in a letter announcing his resignation from the church.
Citing reasons for his resignation from the Presby Church, Mr Twum Boafo stated: “The church's image has cascaded towards ignominy as a result of its recent involvement in the controversy generated by mostly NPP supporters over the creation of 45 new constituencies.”
Speaking on Metro TV's Good Morning Ghana show Monday, Ofosu Kwakye minced no work in insisting that “The Presby Church is only doing the propaganda of the NPP,” adding that the church even lacked the moral leg to stand on to articulate its views on national issues.
“The Presby Church only finds its voice when the NDC is in power, and NPP is in opposition,” Allotey Jacobs, NDC Central Regional Director of Communications, said on Hot FM, adding, “When the NPP composes a song, it is the Presby Church that sings it for them.”
The Presbyterian Church considers the attack on its leadership, spearheaded by NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, as very “reprehensible and irresponsible”, and has therefore called on President John Dramani Mahama to call the attack dogs of his party to order.
On the assumption of office as the caretaker president, following the demise of President John Evans Attah Mills, President Mahama told the whole world he had instructed members of his government's communication team to communicate to reflect his character.
Some people believe the insults against the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, as well as other groups and individuals that have expressed dissenting views to that of the NDC on the proposed creation of 45 new constituencies, is a true reflection of the character of President Mahama.
During the debate over the issue of whether or not the nation should collateralise its oil revenue, President Mamaha described as “foolish, baloney” the position taken by NPP Members of Parliament that the nation should not collateralise its oil revenue.
Again, after provoking a national debate with his directive for the Flagstaff House to be used as the burial place for the late President Mills, President Mahama turned round to describe as “useless” the ensuing debate that involved various well-meaning individuals and groups, including the Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Bishop Palmer Buckle.