The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has asked the Multimedia Group, operators of Joy FM and Joy News TV channel to apologise for rejecting the party’s representatives to the stations’ news analysis show, Newsfile on Saturday.
Saturday’s show which was to discuss matters including the first 100 days of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government had the NPP presenting Eugene Nana Boakye, Deputy Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS) and Eric Twum, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority as their discussants.
But according to report, the show’s production team deemed the two to be below the standard of discussants on the the show which included regular panelist, Managing Editor of the Crusading Guide, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako; former Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Bolga East, Dr Dominic Ayine; and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Dr Eric Oduro Osae.
The party however, believes the decision that their representatives “were not up to the standard of the show” and the subsequent “unsavoury pronouncement” by the show’s host, Samson Lardy Ayenini was surprising.
According to a statement signed by the acting General Secretary of the NPP, the two rejected discussants are part of the party’s communications team and were not just mere members.
“The party finds this statement very unfortunate”, and thus “demands an immediate and an unqualified apology from Multimedia and from Samson Anyenini”, the statement added.
Below is the statement:
NPP DEMANDS AN UNQUALIFIED APOLOGY FROM MULTIMEDIA GROUP
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) demands an official apology from your media organization and also Samson Anyenini, the Host of your program, Newsfile.
The NPP after submitting names for representation on Saturday 15th April, 2017 edition of Newsfile, was surprised to hear on the live show our representatives “were not up to the standard of the show”. The unsavoury pronouncement was made by the Host.
The party finds this statement very unfortunate.
Mr. Henry Nana Boakye, who is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme and Eric Twum, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, are members of our national communications team.
We have worked hand in hand with your organization at different levels and find this not only unnecessary but a display of high handedness in a simple matter that could have been resolved through dialogue and respect.
The party demands an immediate and an unqualified apology from Multimedia and from Samson Anyenini.
(General Secretary, Ag.)