Paul Ofori Amoah, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Agona West, says he is yet to be invited by the police in connection with an alleged plot to kill the local MP, Cynthia Mamle Morrison.
Ofori Amoah was speaking in an interview with Nana Yaa Mensah on this morning’s Asaase Breakfast Show after reports suggesting he had been arrested together with four others in connection with the plot.
“Honestly, myself, I was taken aback yesterday upon seeing this news on Ghanaweb. I was a bit surprised, because I don’t know where it was emanating from … from yesterday till now, I have not been invited by any police or any security agency for such an issue,” he said.
“It’s a serious issue and a serious allegation, so I was a bit surprised that an online portal will just carry such a story without finding out from me what really the case is,” Ofori Amoah said.
He believes the story is a calculated attempt to tarnish his image in the run-up to the December election.
“Because, as I said earlier, I’m still in shock on hearing that. But then, thankfully, I’m sure the police have issued a statement, and they are working around it, and I am always available to assist with any sort of investigation,” Ofori Amoah said.
Over the weekend, police picked up four suspects linked with the allegation of plotting to kill the sitting MP for Agona West. They however debunked earlier reports suggesting that the NDC aspirant was also picked up in connection with the allegation.
However, the acting constituency secretary for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Agona West, Nana Agyei, insist that the matter is a serious one which needs to be treated with urgency to unravel the truth.
He questioned the presence of Ofori Amoah at the police station where the four suspects were sent after being picked up at Elohim Hotel in the area.
“Those people who were arrested had knives with them, had cutlasses with them, had some suspected dried leaves with them, had some open cheques paid to them, and all those things are issues that we need to be talking about,” Nana Agyei said.
“So we don’t just look at the allegations, that it was an allegation, that Paul Ofori’s name was mentioned, but indeed what were they doing with a knife and cutlass in the hotel.
The acting NPP constituency NPP secretary added: “As a political party, getting that information, you wouldn’t want to sleep over it: you have to act. And quickly we informed the police.
“The police went there and got the people arrested, so investigations continue.”