The National Democratic Congress (NDC) may suffer a setback as far as grassroot support is concerned.
Unlike in the past where the teaming grassroot supporters of the party would mass up to challenge the ruling of a court against their leaders, the base of the party now has been lackadaisical about any happening in the party.
AJNEWSONLINE.COM has chanced on some know party faithfuls in some hotspots of the NDC and can report that all is not well with the NDC. A situation that has the likelihood of jeopardizing the electoral fortunes of the party cone December 2020 elections.
According to ardent followers, the party has failed them in terms of fixing them into job opportunities. “Though it is in the past, the repercussion is live with us. Three square meals have eluded us” One of the youth claimed.
Another member who mentioned his name as Jacob added that what we see and hear on TV as the NDC being buoyant is a complete fallacy. “The NDC is not working. Its only some five national executives that are working with the former president Mahama”
Again Jacob added that ” the grassroot will not wake up and work because they feel the ravaging crows are lurking around and would show up mediately power is gained. They they caused the down fall of the party, and until they’re all jailed, the grassroot will not work for bamboo to chop”
That is indicative of why there was a deafening silence when an Accra high Court sentenced the former board chair of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and three others into prison for sixteen years and yet no action was taken by the NDC grassroot.
As part of the sixteen years imprisonment, the court has also ordered for their properties worth three million dollars to be confiscated by the state.
The trial of the five accused persons, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, the former Board Chair of the National Communication Authority (NCA); William Tetteh Tevie, former Director-General of the NCA; Nana Owusu Ensaw, a former board member; Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, a former Deputy National Security Coordinator, and a businessman, George Derek Oppong, began on the 16th of January 2018 when the state called its first prosecution witness, the Director of Legal Administration at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Abena Awarkoa Asafo Adjei, and ended on the 10th of March 2020 after the state, led by the Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Yvonne Atakora Obuabisa, concluded her cross-examination of the 5th accused person in the case, George Derek Oppong.
The news came as a shock to the Party members yet nothing could be done by the party footsoldier because they feel aggrieved.|
The state called six (6) prosecution witnesses by names and ranked the Director of Legal Administration at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Abena Awarkoa Asafo Adjei; Dr Isaac Yaw Ani, Deputy Director-General in charge of Management and Operations at the National Communications Authority (NCA); Henry Kanor, Deputy Director-General in charge of Technical Operations at the National Communications Authority (NCA); Colonel Michael Kwadwo Poku, Director of Operations at the National Security; Deputy National Security Coordinator, Duncan Opare, and Detective Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah, investigator of the case.
DEFENCE OF ACCUSED PERSONS
All the accused persons when they took turns to open their defence testified on their own and none called any defence witnesses in support of their cases.
Justice Eric Kyei Baffour’s court in its judgement indicated that the State has established a strong case of causing financial loss to the State against the accused persons. The accused persons the Court said were in a conspiratorial drill to cause financial loss to the State. The first accused who essentially was the architect of the entire deal used his public office for the private benefit to the tune of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00). The Court found A1 (Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie) Guilty of Count 1,2,5,10,11, 12, and 17. A2 (Matthew Tetteh Tevie) was found guilty of Count 1,2,10,11, and 17. A3 (Dr Nana Owusu Ensaw) was not mentioned at all in the judgement because he had already been acquitted and discharged by the Court of Appeal on the 25rh of March 2020. A4 (Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman) was found guilty on Count 1,2,10,11, and 17. A5 (George Derek Oppong) was Acquitted and Discharged forthwith.
Lawyer for the accused persons, particularly, for the second accused person, Godwin Tamakloe, in their sentencing mitigation plea, prayed the Court for a non-custodial sentence for their clients and more importantly for the second accused person (Matthew Tetteh Tevie) due to his ill health.
Justice Eric Kyei Baffour sentenced the accused persons as follows, A1, is sentenced to six years in prison, A2 to five years and A4 to five years in prison with hard labour.
According to the facts of the case as presented by the Attorney General, Baffoe-Bonnie, Tetteh Tevie, Nana Owusu Ensaw and Alhaji Osman was allegedly aided by George Derek Oppong to engage in the criminal act. The brief facts state that the previous administration had contracted an Israeli company, NSO Group Technology Limited, to supply listening equipment at a cost of $6 million to enable the authorities to monitor conversations of persons suspected to be engaged in terror activities. A local agent, Infraloks Development Limited, charged $2 million to facilitate the transaction, bringing the total sum to $8 million. The facts further explained that the National Security did not have the money to fund the transaction and for that reason, the NCA, which had supervisory jurisdiction over the use of such equipment, was asked to fund the project.
It said $4 million was withdrawn from the NCA’s account, while $1 million out of the withdrawn amount was deposited into the account of the accused.
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