For some weeks now I have been monitoring intelligence that certain leading persons in the government of President Akufo-Addo, have been scheming to plot the downfall of the opposition NDC’s economic kingpins -Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson, the former deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning(MOFEP) and the current Ranking member of the parliamentary committee on finance and the member of parliament for Bolgatanga central, Hon. Isaac Adongo.
As a matter of fact, there has been a meeting at a location in Accra (name withheld) somewhere last week involving some NPP apparatchik and their trusted media contacts on how best the attacks on the very affable and consummate former minister and law maker would commence.
At the said meeting, it was discussed that Hon. Ato Forson and Isaac Adongo should be made to look extremely bad in the media so that their credibility would be called to question, and that a phantom corruption allegations would serve as a springboard for a very intense media trial just to render them impotent.
In fact, the prime target of the whole agenda is for the ranking member of the parliamentary committee on finance and his deputy to shut up on their watchdog role over the regime, and also to slow them down on a possible clash with the minister of Finance in the presentation of the forthcoming budget statement.
It was therefore no surprise to see how sections of the media attempted an onslaught on Hon. Ato Forson’s person in the defective ambulance saga even though the former deputy finance minister had no say in the processes leading to the purchase of those ambulances.
The sins of the otherwise hardworking and vociferous two MPs is that they have been at their best in exposing corruption in the current regime, and also putting the minister of finance on his toes.
Again, Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson and Isaac Adongo are said to be the members of the minority front who have exposed several underhand dealings by the finance minister in the Templeton saga.
Not long ago, some media practitioners started a smear campaign against the former minister but failed because its agenda was exposed by other fellow practitioners.
A message intercepted by yours truly on an NPP WhatsApp platform clearly shows how vicious the people behind this plot can be.
“We must not allow Ato Forson to exonerate himself on this ambulance saga. Let’s nail him if that will keep him permanently shut,” part of the comment reads.
Unlike Hon Ato Forson, Isaac Adongo never served as a minister and so the government ‘hit-squad’ are unable to come up with anything concrete and are out there digging stuff on him at his previous employment – Ministry of local government where he served as a consultant on-Ghana social opportunity project (GSOP).
These two hardworking MPs have been seen by analysts as NPP’s biggest nightmare on the economic front and rightly so, they have acquitted themselves creditably well over the period. They are the opposition NDC’s answer to the role Bawumia played in opposition. As a result, some members of government who felt watching the two to operate freely could do damage to the Akufo-Addo government are bent on smearing them in order to shut them down.
This orchestration is coming at the the time that President Akufo Addo told the entire world at the U.N. General Assembly that democracy can only thrive in free society. My question is, how can democracy in Ghana thrive when the very government which sworned to protect the citizenry is seen stifling dissenting opinion and clumping down on oppositon elements?
Story by Efo Dela