The National Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has appeared in court today to answer charges on conspiracy to cause harm and assault against a public officer.

To appear alongside Mr Ofosu Ampofo is Kwaku Boahen, Deputy National Communications Officer of the NDC, who is to face similar charges.

They have both denied the charges against them.

Former President Mahama and other top-ranking NDC executives including General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia and high profile lawyers are in court to solidarize with the two.

The charges were leveled against the two after they reported themselves in March 2019 to answer questions concerning a leaked tape in which they are said to have made certain statements inciting violence.

Mr Ofosu Ampofo has refused to publicly comment on the audio which he has said was doctored.

When he visited the CID headquarters on Monday, March 4, 2019, about 30 minutes of the audio was played for him to listen after which he was asked whether that was his voice but he refused to comment on the audio, Graphic Online understands.

He was formally arrested and was charged accordingly with a threat of harm, conspiracy to harm a public officer and proceeded to write his statement.

After that, he was granted bail in the sum of Gh¢400,000 with two sureties.

He has been reporting to the CID intermittently since then.

Meanwhile, NDC through its General Secretary John Asiedu Nketia has issued a Press Statement indicating that the President, Nana Akufo-Addo is behind “a grand scheme” to prosecute some NDC officials as a way of gagging the opposition.

In the statement, Mr Asiedu Nketia said the charges against Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and Kwaku Boahene are “frivolous” and “illogical.”