National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications team member, Peter Boamah Otokunor says the flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should be charged for sexual harassment.
Otokunor says Nana Addo has been caught in a clear case of sexual harassment because he fondled a married woman at state broadcaster, GBC and was only stopped from advancing further by the woman who resisted and shrugged him off.
He was commenting on a publication by the Daily Post newspaper which Wednesday drew attention to a video clip on Youtube showing Nana Addo tickle a lady who had just finished make-up for Nana at the studios of state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation prior to his appearing on a programme. The video is a clip from Jarreth Merz’s “An African Election” documentary on Ghana’s 2008 elections.
According to Daily Post, Nana Akufo-Addo while getting up after the lady had finished polishing his face groped her mid-section and fondled her before moving away.
The NPP has since rubbished the publication, describing it as a diversionary tactic by the NDC to drown the Woyomegate scandal which they claim has crippled the integrity of the government.
However, Peter Boamah Otokunor on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, said based on the video and pictorial evidence, the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) should be arresting Nana Akufo-Addo without interrogating the victim.
He said it was indiscrete and morally unacceptable for a leader of the largest opposition party in the country to fondle a married woman in the name of reciprocating a kind gesture.
Otokunor added that the exposé by the Daily Post newspaper proves beyond reasonable doubt that Nana Akufo-Addo is a womanizer.
The NDC youth activist said that for someone whom the International Community has described as “having morality problems”, (as per the wikileaks reports) he would be a diplomatic embarrassment to Ghana if in the most unlikely situation he (Nana) is elected the president.
Otokunor wondered why the NPP would elect someone who constantly use sexual imagery and publicly confesses his sexual prowess ahead of a crucial elections in December.
He said that the infamous ‘bottoms’ comment Nana Addo made in his tribute to the late Madam Theresa Tagoe, his reference to female students in Volta Hall as a ‘cynosure of all healthy males’ amongst others, expose the moral ineptitude of the man desiring to be president.
Otokunor, bewildered by what he said was Nana’s unbecoming conduct remarked; “I can’t imagine leaving my daughter in the hands of Nana Addo.”
Another member of the NDC communications team, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, also on the programme, supported Otokunor’s position and said the issue is serious and should not be trivialised at all, more so when Nana Addo’s name is regularly associated with imoral issues such as drug dealing and womanizing.
He said Nana Addo’s record as a minister shows he lacks competence.
In a quick rebuttal however, the communications director of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Henry Asante said the ruling party must concentrate on the bread-and-butter issues confronting Ghanaians than on trivialities.
He said attempts by the ruling party to paint their biggest threat (Nana Addo) black ahead of the 2012 general elections would backfire.
Henry Asante in an apparent retaliation, taunted the NDC that even the morally upright President J.E.A Mills was voted for to become President of Ghana inspite of having a son out of wedlock.