Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has emphasized the need for a thorough investigation into the audio that was leaked and purports to show a police commissioner and a senior New Patriotic Party (NPP) official plotting to depose Inspector-General of Police Dr. George Akufo Dampare.
On July 13, 2023, Mr. Nketia discussed the substantial impact of security on election outcomes in an interview with Okay FM. He emphasized the necessity of paying strict attention to this issue.
He stated: “Anybody who claims that security cannot influence election results has no idea about elections; he or she should go to school and learn because quality election is about a free and fair election.”
He also emphasized the need of preserving voter freedom, which calls for the implementation of sufficient security measures, in order to ensure free and fair elections.
The NDC chairman questioned the NPP’s reaction to the tape leak, claiming that their defensive posture suggests they are aware of its veracity.
“If you claim the tape is fabricated and, therefore, should be disregarded, and we are saying let us investigate and punish the perpetrator who brought up such orchestration to tarnish someone’s name, then you turn around and say that you won’t allow for the investigations, what are you afraid of about the investigations? Because there is some truth behind the audio, that is why you are afraid. If you have no idea, then they should have added their voice and called for investigations to redeem themselves,” he stated.
The leaked audio tape purportedly discloses intentions to fire the Inspector-General of Police before the 2024 elections, but the NPP has cast doubt on its veracity.