2007-08-15 16:58:04This article has been read 709 times.
Dr. Edward Mahama
The presidential candidate for the People’s National Convention (PNC) during the 2004 elections, Dr. Edward Mahama yesterday descended heavily on the Chronicle accusing the paper of practising irresponsible journalism. According to him, the paper should have contacted him as an executive of the party before coming out with yesterday’s story about the pandemonium in the party.
When his attention was drawn to the fact that the story was based on a press conference held in Bolgatanga by the acting National Chairman of the party, Mr. John Ndebugri and that his name was not mentioned, the medical doctor cum politician would not listen to that. He insisted that the paper should have contacted him and angrily banged the phone. The original text received by the paper’s correspondent in Bolgatanga did not mention Mahama’s name. The only name that came up was that of Bernard Mornah and the editorial team dully contacted him to get his side of the story, which was included in the yesterday’s report.
Dr. Mahama’s concern was that the radio stations were harassing him and that if the paper had contacted him, his side of the story would have been heard. He would not listen to advice that he also calls a press conference to state whatever he wanted to say. John Ndebugri had alleged during the press conference he held at Bolgatanga that though he was the recognized acting National Chairman of the party some people were trying to usurp his powers by setting a date for national congress without his knowledge and consent. According to him, the same people he did not name failed to account for over one billion cedis that were donated to the party by sympathizers somewhere in 2003.
Mr. Ndebugri also alleged that Bernard Mornah was not a recognized executive member of the party yet had been going round parading himself as such. Mr. Mornah confirmed to this reporter a day to the publication of the original story that he was appointed as National Youth Organizer but the constititution had been amended to make his position elective. He however said until the time the party goes to congress, his position was still recognized. He accused Mr. Ndebugri of once breaching the constitution of the party but has now turned round to accuse others.