Caught With Fake Ghana Cards To Embarrass Minority MPs
Famous government “Middleman” Gabby Otchere-Darko, has been caught with electronically generated Ghana Cards of some Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) made purposefully to embarrass them.
The journalist cum lawyer, who prides himself as a political strategist, had blazingly hoisted the ID cards of three MPs on his tweeter social media handle over the weekend, claiming the Minority MPs, had clandestinely acquired the Ghana Cards, yet asking people to boycott the exercise until the National Identification Authority (NIA) accepts the National Voters’ Card as a prove of Ghanaian nationality.
But the National identity cards bearing the details of Isaac Adongo; the MP for Bolgatanga Central Constituency in the Upper East Region, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, the MP for Asawase in the Ashanti Region, James Agalga; the MP for Bulsa North in the Upper East Region, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh MP for Juaboso in the Western Region, turned out to be fake.
Although, Lawyer Otchere-Darko, subsequently pulled down the fake ID cards which have gone viral, the famous government “Linkman” has not apologized to the victim of his fake news.
The powerful man to see to get your debt settled by the government, as well as securing government contracts, simply wrote “I am told those NIA IDs with Minority MPs are fake. Not cool. Ignore them.”
The photos which begun circulating on social media last Friday, had set a section of the public ablaze, considering the collective stand of the minority parliamentarians on the issue.
Ahead of Gabby Otchere-Darko’s post, the acting Director of Communications of the NPP, Yaw Adomako Baafi, had publicly announced that three NDC MPs, had secretly registered and been issued with their copies of the Ghana Card.
Yaw Adomako Baafi, claimed that these MPs, had sneaked to the NIA centre in Parliament, had their particulars taken and duly registered for the Ghana Card.
“I understand some three NDC MPs have even registered for the Ghana Card…,” Yaw Adomako Baafi claimed on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo, last week Thursday.
The NPP Director of Communications, said this action of the three Legislators, was an act of betrayal on their part, as they had joined their colleagues in the minority to bastardise the national identification exercise and insisted they won’t partake in it.
Juaboso MP, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, had accused the Government of seeking to introduce the Ghana Card as part of attempts to rig the 2020 elections.
“The National ID is an attempt by the NPP government to rig the elections…when the man (Prof Ken Attafuah) came to Parliament and we questioned him, he said the EC will at a point in time come to them for the data, so they will have to tell who is a Ghanaian and who is not…,” he said on Adom TV as monitored by
Utterances like this, the NPP Communicator said, makes him wonder the real intentions of the NDC, concerning the National ID card.
Yaw Adomako Baafi, further threatened to reveal the identities of the MPs later.
The registration process for the Ghana cards proceeded to Parliament last week, but the NDC MPs, have decided to boycott the exercise.
The Minority MPs, insist the leadership of the NIA was expected to brief parliament on the process, but they have not done that.
In addition to that concern, the minority MPs, are demanding that the NIA accepts the Voters’ ID card as one of the basic requirements for registering for the Ghana card.
Currently, the Parliamentary Act governing the process, only permits for Passports and birth certificates as primary documents for registration.
In addition to that, however, citizens can have a relative or two other persons (when there is no known relative) to guarantee for them under oath.
But the minority are unfazed, they maintain that the NIA must accept Voters ID.
Meanwhile, a group calling itself Strategic Thinkers Network Africa has since sued the NIA over the exclusion of the Voters’ ID.
MP for Juaboso Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has confirmed to Joy FM that the cards if they exist, are fake.
“I have not registered and will not register until voter ID is accepted as a valid document for registration,” he said.
“That is the only means by which majority of my constituents can be registered. On the said Date (13/06/18) I was on UTV opposing same. Again I never went anywhere close to the registration centre at parliament on the said date,” he added.
The NDC MP says the picture used on the “fake” ID is what he took for his 2017 parliamentary registration.