No member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) including former government appointees, will henceforth assist the police in any investigation.
That is the decision of the opposition party announced by the Council of Elders at a press conference on Thursday.
“If the CID [Criminal Investigations Department] wishes to arrest our National Chairman, they can proceed to do so. We call on all our members to show solidarity with our National Chairman…He has no assistance to render the CID as far as this matter is concerned,” the party stated.
The decision was triggered after the CID named the party’s National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, as a suspect in recent cases of kidnappings and fire outbreaks across the country.
Lawyers of the embattled National Chair have written to the police to formally inform them of their decision not to honour the invitation which has expired at 2 pm Thursday.
The Vice Chairman of the Council of Elders of NDC, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu who addressed the press conference at the party’s headquarters said, the latest invitation is another case of intimidation and harassment by government.
He said government is using the “instrumentality of the police to instill fear in our National Chairman and supporters of our party and to suppress discerning voices in the country.”
Alhaji Iddrissu decried how CID boss, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has allowed herself to be pushed “into such an openly partisan position and peddling of such a wicked lie against Mr Ofosu Ampofo.”
According to him, current happening has left the party elders no choice but “reluctantly forced” to endorse such a stance because “enough is enough.”
He said they have had enough of the vile intimidation and threats adding, the NDC will not be muffled or unnerved by the CID Director-General.
The former Defence Minister in the Jerry Rawlings regime, announced that the decision not to cooperate with the police does not only affect Mr Ofosu Ampofo but they are extending it to all party members, including former appointees.
“All ministers and appointees will no longer answer questions before the numerous inquisition panels and bodies established to harass and persecute them…Neither will they respond to the numerous intrusive and oppressive questionnaire administered to them,” he said.