Joshua Akamba, NDC National Organiser

It appears the National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) naked hatred for the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) will be taken to unimaginable levels ahead of the 2024 general election. 

This is because the main opposition party’s National Organiser Joshua Akamba has threatened that they would ensure Mrs Jean Mensa does not stay on to declare the 2024 election results.

It is not clear what the threat entails but many political watchers are worried as senior members of the NDC have consistently demonstrated their extreme dislike for the chairperson of the country’s election management body since her appointment in 2018.

Speaking on Accra-based Neat FM yesterday, Joshua Akamba issued threats that Mrs Jean Mensa “will get whatever she is looking for.”

Mrs Jean Mensa, EC Boss

NDC national chairman Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo made similar threats against the EC chair in the lead up to the 2020 general election.

It would be recalled that Mr Ofosu-Ampofo was reported to have met with NDC communication directors at their headquarters, at Adabraka, a suburb of Accra on February 3, 2019 where they were said to have plotted some diabolic plans against Mrs Mensa.

The NDC National Chairman is currently at the High Court facing prosecution following the said meeting.

The court heard that the meeting was recorded and the audio tape contained a set-up of a road-map of criminal activities targeted at the Chairperson of the EC and the then chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante.

The recording, which was widely circulated in a cross-section of the media, was intercepted by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service as evidence for prosecution.

Mr Ofosu Ampofo was heard on the audio inciting NDC communicators to molest both the EC and Peace Council Chairpersons.

The court also heard that some orchestrated electoral violence plot was going to be attributed to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Akamba’s claims

According to the NDC National Organiser Joshua Akamba, the main opposition party has a task to ensure that the rigging plans of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), which supposedly has Jean Mensa as a key feature is rendered ineffective.

He claimed the EC chair exhibited gross incompetence and must not be allowed to preside over another election.

Even though NDC failed to adduce any evidence of vote rigging during the 2020 presidential election petition hearing at the Supreme Court, the NDC National Organiser claimed last year’s polls were stolen.

“NPP lost the elections by over 145 seats and turned themselves into armed robbers to change the result. That is why Jean Mensa is not woman enough to come out and tell Ghanaians how Akufo-Addo won the polls. NPP lost in four years but used state institutions to rob the elections.

“NDC must stay focused and put its house in order. This time we have to be stronger at the branch and constituency level to resist the oppressor and make sure that Jean Mensa does not stay to declare the results for the NPP. NDC have a bigger task to make sure that Jean Mensa does not stay there because she is not competent and she is into the bidding for a particular party. Whatever she is looking for, we will make sure that she gets it”, Joshua Akamba claimed.

He insisted that former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC won the 2020 elections contrary to the 7-0 unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court on the petition.

“I totally disagree with the ruling by the Supreme Court. Akufo-Addo came back with lies and deceit so when Ghanaians found out they ignored them. Akufo-Addo lost the election two years into power. I knew the NPP was out of power two years after they came. I didn’t believe NPP was going to have a second chance and that happened. “There was no issue with the 8-year-cycle. We went to elections and the NPP lost in their first term. I knew the NPP would lose and that motivated me to contest as National Organizer. NPP lost the elections. They only used the system they put in place to rig the elections,” Joshua Akamba posited

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