Some enthusiastic supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress who believe the now biggest opposition party could return to power in 2020 are planning to forcibly chase-out some aides of former President John Mahama they claim, have created disaffection for him and the party but; are still lurking around him even after the painful defeat at the 2016 polls.
Intelligence picked by The aL-hAJJ indicate that those behind this plot believe former President Mahama could return the NDC back to power in 2020, but they say, his success at the next presidential polls will be dependent on how he wins back the support of party elders who in one way or the other were detached from him.
Insisting that former President can only regain the support of kingpins of the party when he distance himself from some of his aides, peeved NDC supporters yelled, “all those who surrounded the “oldman” (John Mahama) and caused the disaffection of the people will no longer be tolerated.”
Prominent among Mr Mahama’s close associates the NDC supporters have branded “undesirables” and underserving of being around the former President as he makes a comeback in 2020 is Stan Xoese Dogbe.
The aL-hAJJ has gathered that, some supporters of the NDC have since the defeat of the party in the 2016 election been blaming Stan Dogbe; former Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah among other handlers of Mr Mahama for courting hatred for him with what they described as their ‘snobbish’ and ‘arrogant’ posturing.
Sources in the former President household told this paper that “John once told him (Stan) to take a back seat when pressure was intense on him (Mahama) to sack him, but he stills lurks around. When John decides to travel, he joins him even though he has been asked to stay away. John himself doesn’t want to be seen with him nowadays but he keeps coming closer”.
This is said to have irked some Mahama adherents who have vowed to forcefully detach Stan Dogbe and other “undesirables” from the former President’s team, even if that will require “abduction”.
They believe Mr Mahama is the party’s best bet for 2020, and the only way “to get all those kicking against John’s comeback because they have been pushed away by Stan and co, is to get Stan out…complains we have heard so far is about those surrounding him and we will take steps to sanitize the system”.
“What we have decided to do is that since John has decided not to sack Stan even after several appeals to him to show him the exit, we will storm his house or office one of these days and drive Stan Dogbe out ourselves…Stan is not our only target. There are quite a number of them around the president that we will personally chase out,” an anonymous but obvious NDC/Mahama supporter told this paper on phone.
“A lot of wrongs were done when John was President…most of the elders who fell out with John are ready to patch up with him on condition that he drives out some of the people surrounding him, especially Stan Dogbe. If driving away Stan is what will win us the election in 2020, steps must be taken to do that,” a noticeable Mahama fanatic yelled at a recent party gathering.
According to the Mahama enthusiast “We lost the election because of some of these guys and we are not going to allow them to surround the old man again. If you talk to any NDC member today, all that they are saying is that if John can let Stan and co take a back seat, they will support him and ensure he wins the 2020 election”.
Sacking Stan Dogbe and others, they claim “is the only way he (John) can open his doors to all and sundry and also demonstrate to the people that he has learn from his mistakes.”
Reports are that NDC supporters across the country who are championing the return of the former President have resolved not to allow the selfish interest of some individuals to deter others from supporting Mr Mahama to return the party to power.
This paper has picked up signals that these supporters intend to invade the former President’s house and forcibly chase out Stan, as he is affectionately called and others, and in the event they are unable to get to the house, they will carry out the plot at a public event.
Purchase of 43 Controversial Amor Plated Presidential Vehicles…
The man behind the purchase and importation of controversial 43, now 55, Armor-plated presidential fleet, Kwabena Boateng Aidoo and three of his companies have dragged Harzet Company Limited, publishers of The aL-haJJ newspaper, to an Accra High Court (General Jurisdiction) for defamation.
According to the plaintiffs, Kwabena Boateng Aidoo, Santa Baron Ventures Limited, Apex Consulting Services Limited and PTL Solar Ghana Limited, the paper defamed them when it published in its June 20 and 27, 2017 editions, stories which sought to described them as “criminals who are engaged in sleazy, shady and shifty commercial transactions in Ghana and abroad”
Lawyers for the plaintiffs stated that the stories headlined, “Kwabena Boateng Aidoo – The Man behind the 43 Presidential cars saga” and “Controversial 43 Presidential Vehicles Importer in Fresh Trouble” indicated that Mr Boateng Aidoo and his companies are engaged in shady deals in the country.
Also joined to the suit are Alhaji Bature Iddrisu and Amos B. Amorse, Managing Editor and News Editor of The aL-hAJJ respectively.
Statement of Claim
Lawyer for Mr Boateng Aidoo and his three firms, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, in paragraph eight of their statement of claim said the ordinary meanings of the words of the paper’s two publications “mean and were understood to mean that the plaintiff is a criminal who is engaged in sleazy, shady and shifty commercial transactions in Ghana and abroad”.
The writ also indicates that the words used in the two publications meant “the first plaintiff engages in short-changing the Republic of Ghana and his clients through fraudulent and dishonest commercial dealings.”
It further added that the words were understood to mean “the second –fourth plaintiffs are organized criminal companies employed by the first plaintiff, through a corporate culture of malfeasance and impropriety, to perpetrate fraud on the Republic of Ghana and their other clients through illegal, dishonest, fraudulent, sleazy, shady and opprobrious commercial transactions”.
The plaintiffs, among other things, claimed Mr Boateng’s reputation has “egregiously damaged and he has suffered debilitating distress and embarrassment, adding “the words complained of have adversely reflected on and affected the trading and business reputation of the second – fourth plaintiffs and have caused egregious injury to their goodwill.”
As a result, the plaintiffs are asking the court for injunction restraining the defendants and each of them “whether by themselves, their servants, or organs or otherwise, from further publishing or causing to be published the said or similar words defamatory of the plaintiffs or each of them.”
According to the lawyers, until the court restrained the paper, it will further “publish or cause to be published the said or similar words defamatory of the plaintiffs”, as it has threatened to publish stories about the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are also seeking “damages, including aggravated damages for libel contained in the defendants’ publications indorsed on the writ of summons by way of an attachment and particularized in paragraphs 5 and 6 above” and “cost, including lawyer’s fees”.
Meanwhile, Lawyers for The aL-hAJJ, Ayine & Felli, have entered appearance on behalf of the defenders.