A former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye, has dismissed claims against him that he, together with some Electoral Commission (EC) officials, were conspiring to rig the 7 December presidential and parliamentary election for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Campaign Coordinator for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, at a press conference in Accra on Monday 5 December, said the governing party had intercepted an audio recording between leading members of the opposition NPP including voices of Prof Mike Ocquaye and former National Organiser, Lord Commey, convincing EC officials to manipulate the election results in favour of NPP flag bearer Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr Adams had alleged: “We should not be surprised that in 2016, a desperate political party like the NPP will be engaging in this acts. As a responsible party, we will this afternoon lodge an official complaint with the Electoral Commission so that a position is taken on their officers who are involved in all these activities. We will also be submitting these recordings to the CID at the police headquarters to have a thorough investigation into these matters and all those involved will be dealt with.”
But speaking to Class News, Professor Ocquaye described the allegation as “nonsense” and “cheap politics”.
“It is nonsense, I don’t know any EC official and I don’t go about talking to any EC official. I can account in full detail my every movement. I have consistently told these people they should stop the lies, they should stop ‘somebody hates Gas’ and then they will go and buy some people to come and make statements. They should stop that kind of cheap politics,” he stated.
“I’ve told them: ‘Don’t go about lying, even if you are president, that Akufo-Addo will come and remove chiefs.’ My voice has been heard clearly and you can hear me right now and you can compare it with any damn tape. I’m telling you they better find something else to do and tell Ghanaians how they have ‘chopped’ their money and tell Ghanaians why they will not take the Woyome money. This is a very serious time; they cannot gag me with this kind of cheap effort, very cheap, very much below the belt which will not go anywhere. I don’t do my politics in dubious, nocturnal ways. I talk openly and I say what I believe to be true and I don’t go around plotting with anybody to do anything.”