Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has jumped to the defense of the General Secretary of the opposition NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia following his rather infamous interpretation of a Supreme Court ruling giving the Electoral Commission the go ahead to compile a new electoral roll without the consideration of a voters id or birth certificate as forms of identification.
The General Secretary of the largest opposition party in the country on Thursday, June 25 interpreted the Apex Court’s ruling on the Electoral Commission’s new voter register to be a landmark win for the opposition party but was later found to be a false interpretation of the decision of the judges.
This infamous comment by the NDC bigwig has attracted a huge backlash from a section of Ghanaians who claim its was one of the party’s ways to mislead the public.
Commenting on the issue on his Facebook page, the Prof Gyampo expressed that the general secretary cannot be blamed much for what he described as a “goof” since he isn’t a legal practitioner.
Professor Gyampo cannot fathom why the NDC lawyers, who stood by the General Secretary as he passed that comment, looked on for the politician to incriminate himself and subject his personality to public ridicule.
“So, when the man was goofing, why didn’t the lawyers prompt him? It must be the duty of a lawyer to protect clients from not only from self incrimination, but also self ridicule,” Professor Gyampo wrote.
He continued, “anyway, we all make mistakes. As a strong politician, he must dust off the dust, muster the courage, and psyche supporters to now take the process seriously.”
“There will be no magic. It is he who psyches the fear of contracting corona out of his people; ensures that people show up to cautiously participate, observing all safety protocols; polices the process vigilantly; and generally encourage supporters to fully participate in the process; who may make serious incursions into the impending contest.
How to take away the fear of contracting the deadly disease, at such public gatherings, where political emotions leads to gross disregard of safety protocols, should be a source of worry to all. If this is not worked out, some people will simply not participate in the process.”