The Presbyterian Church of Ghana is demanding an unconditional apology from the governing National Democratic Congress over what it calls unguarded statements by some officials of the party.
It says comments by Mr Allotey Jacobs and NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketia, suggesting the church was doing the bidding of the opposition New Patriotic Party were irresponsible and reprehensible.
Speaking to Myjoyonline.com in Accra, the Public Relations Manager of the General Assembly of the PCG, Mr Emanuel Osei Akyeampong, said the unjustified attacks on the Church’s Moderator, Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey must cease!
The NDC General Secretary, reportedly slammed the Moderator of the PCG and accused the church of doing the bidding of the opposition after the Church issued a communiqué saying the timing for the creation of the constituencies is wrong and could mar the beauty of the upcoming elections.
General Mosquito, as he is affectionately called, asserted that since the Presby Church failed to comment on the creation of 30 constituencies in 2004 during the Kufour era, it had no business to talk about the yet-to-be created 45 under the current NDC government.
Incidentally, Mr Asiedu Nketia is a member of the Hope Congregation of the Presby Church at Sakumono.
On the part of Benard Allotey Jacobs, he is reported to have accused the church of being pro-NPP and only finding its voice to comment negatively on national issues when the NDC is in power. He opined that though he respects the Presby Church, it is not above criticism so anytime the PCG goes wrong, he will chastise them.
Clearly not enthused by the comments, Emmanuel Osei Akyeampong, Public Relations Officer of the PCG, in sharp riposte, allegedly said that the NDC Chief Scribe was perhaps under the influence of alcohol when he made those comments about the Moderator and the Presbyterian Church “because any normal person cannot speak like that.”
“We don’t know whether Mr Asiedu Nketia was drunk before he went on air, but we think that what he said was highly irresponsible…He (Asiedu Nketia) is gradually becoming a political liability more than an asset to this country and we expect him to come out openly to apologize to the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana…We are a responsible institution; what the Moderator said is the position of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. Asiedu Nketia is highly irresponsible…You cannot insult the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and expect that you enter into our churches to campaign and sell your message….We think that he should be brought to order together with Allottey Jacobs and all other leading political parties from both NPP and NDC and all other political parties, who think they are in political positions they can just insult anybody,”
In a sharp response General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), says he is not ashamed to be linked with the intake of beer or alcohol.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia told Asempa Fm in Accra on Monday that, since the laws of Ghana do not frown upon the consumption of alcohol, he is not upset to be linked with the commodity.
The NDC general secretary said this when reacting to claims by the public relations manager of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana that his verbal onslaught against the church last week was made under the influence of alcohol.
“I am not ashamed to be attributed to the intake of alcohol because it is permissible under our laws. It is cocaine and wee that is illegal”, the NDC general secretary asserted.
He explained that his comment on the stance taken by the Church was fair and spot-on, as he did not intend to hurl insults at the leadership of the church.
It was in this direction that Asiedu Nketia advised the church to be neutral and civil in responding to matters of national importance.