Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for the North Tongu, has suggested that many people didn’t accept government’s claim of a foiled coup attempt because it has lost its goodwill, ABC News can report.
Okudzeto Ablakwa believes the actual coup is the overwhelming refusal of Ghanaians, irrespective of party affiliation, to show government any sympathy after the Information Minister provided details to the public.
The MP, who is also the minority’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, says Ghanaians have become more discerning and managed to figure out for themselves that it was a deliberate tactic by the government to divert attention from pertinent issues that need to be addressed.
”Government must now realize that all of its goodwill has been squandered and that the expectation of the people is for President Akufo-Addo and his large-sized Administration to focus on the real issues that have led to so much disappointment in the Government and made living conditions of the masses far more unbearable than the effect of powdered pepper in the eye – the pun being very much intended” the North Tongu MP wrote, ABC News can report.
“The real coup has been the striking, overwhelming and devastating refusal of Ghanaians across the board – regardless of how they voted in 2016 to show Government any sympathy by falling for what many are now referring to as the kitchen knife plot,” he stated in a Facebook post sighted by ABC News.
”The message Ghanaians have sent so clearly, be they experts or lay, accompanied by the quintessential Ghanaian humour is that they are more discerning, very much on the alert and quite obviously have very little appetite for elaborate plots by Government to divert attention,” he added.
Earlier this week, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in a statement said a combined team of CID and BNI operatives foiled a planned attack on the Jubilee House.
The Minister detailing how the suspects and their operations were busted, said the whole plot was targeted at the presidency; with the ultimate aim of destabilising the country.
The statement said, “On Friday, 20th September 2019, a joint security operation of personnel drawn from Defence Intelligence, CID and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), conducted a successful operation which led to the arrest of three persons and the retrieval of several arms, explosive devices and ammunition from locations in Accra and Bawaleshie near Dodowa”
“The joint operation was to neutralize an elaborate plot targeted at the Presidency, and with the ultimate aim of destabilizing the country. The arrest and seizure come after fifteen (15) months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspects and others”.
“The persons arrested are Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm and his two accomplices – Mr. Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Mr. Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC),” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the legal representative of the alleged coup plotters, Victor Kojoga Adawudu says the allegations levelled against his clients are baseless and a clear case of a setup.
The suspects – Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, a medical practitioner; Donya Kafui, alias Ezor, a blacksmith; and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu, a freight manager were arrested by security personnel on Friday, September 20.