The Deputy Minister of Railways Development, Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi, has said the advice by members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, to decline the invitation of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service shows the level of disrespect the party has for the rule of law in the country.
The CID Wednesday invited the National Chairman of the NDC, Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo to assist the police investigate some cases of kidnappings and arson, but some members of the party including the party’s Council of Elders and flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, deemed the invitation an act of victimization.
Mr. Ofosu Ampofo’s lawyers had also stated that their client could not honour the invitation for various reasons, but it turned out last Friday, there were some meetings between the two parties with a strong indication of Mr. Ofosu Ampofo’s presence in one of the said meetings.
Speaking in a telephone conversation with Modernghana , the Asante Akyem North MP believed while it may be within the rights of the National Chairman to decline the CID’s invitation, the conduct of the NDC does not augur well for our young democracy.
"It is quite sad that a party that claims to have been founded on the principles of probity and accountability are now turning back on their own words. There is a situation at hand and the CID in its quest to probe and find solutions invite you to assist in investigations and you decide to make a whole fuss of it," he stated.
The astute lawyer said Mr. Ofosu Ampofo could have declined the invitation without making a scene as was characterised by a press conference addressed by the party’s elders.
"What they are doing is just a recipe for chaos, you could have easily turned down the request of the CID without any qualms but to be calling press conferences, calling your Council of Elders and all that is amateurish. In fact, the NDC is just an embodiment of lawlessness and its a bad precedent they are setting, they simply can't be trusted with the fate of Ghana", the former Ghana Free Zones Board CEO intimated.