During the Assin North bye-election, the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made a strong defense for their campaign with the government’s stance on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex).
Johnson Asiedu Nketia stated that it was a positive move because it was the parliament’s main goal throughout the bye-election time.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed that the NDC had informed Assin North residents that Jamea Gyakye Quayson, a candidate for the NDC, was being targeted for removal in order for the government to gain enough seats in Parliament to legalize homosexuality in Ghana.
The NPP asserted that the NDC tried to use Ghanaians’ dislike towards LGBTQI people in order to undermine the NPP.
However, Asiedu Nketia of Asempa FM, Ekosii Sen, said that there was nothing improper about the NDC members’ dissemination of such information.
‘What wasn’t proper? What was happening in Parliament? Were they not considering the LGBTQI+ bill? The opposition has been able to state our clear stance on LGBTQI+, but the President hasn’t been able to do that so what is wrong if our people say they want the majority to pass it?” he queried.
Given the misinformation and propaganda the NPP spread about the late President John Mahama, the NDC Chairman emphasized that the NPP should not be upset about such things.
“The NPP has done worst things to us. They claimed our guinea fowls flew to Burkina Faso and never returned, among other things, so I don’t see anything wrong with this,” he said.