There are so many contradictions in the line of communication by the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regarding the party’s National Chairman’s leaked tape, Mr Ben Aryeh, a former MP for Upper Denkyira West, has said.

According to him, the inconsistency among the NDC’s executives including former president John Mahama smacks of dishonesty.

Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has been invited by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, in connection with the tape, which captures a male voice purported to be his, urging communicators of the party “to wage a relentless war” against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa; “insult” the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante and use “tactical” means to put fear in some Ghanaians by letting them know that “their lives are in danger” in the lead-up to the 2020 polls.

After the tape was leaked, the National Communication Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi described it as fake and doctored.

“I can tell you that 80% of the voice is fake,” he said after accusing the ruling New Patriotic Party of being the brains behind it.

However, Mr Gyamfi’s deputy, Mr Kwaku Boahen confirmed to journalists that the tape was true and the party supports Mr Ofosu-Ampofo.

He told journalists: “The voice is actually that of Ofosu-Ampofo. Everything on the tape is true and everything he said reflected the views of the party supporters. We are tired of how the current administration is running the country, so, the Chairman was urging the party supporters to work hard to bring the NDC to power.”

For his part, Mr Mahama, commenting on the tape, urged Ghanaians to disregard the audio.

Addressing NDC members at his Victory Walk, the former President said: “Our opponents are good at propaganda and they will come up from time to time with things to distract us. This issue of a [leaked] tape is just a distraction. Dismiss it with the contempt it deserves. Let us focus. Our message must be to the Ghanaian people.

“Let us tell the Ghanaian people what we can do for them and cease the endless arguments with the NPP party. It is only a government that has too much time on its hands because it is not working, that will have time to go and bug the office of its opponents.”

Subsequently, when he visited the Perez Chapel on Sunday, he sought to explain what Mr Ofosu-Ampofo meant on the tape, which he had earlier described as “propaganda”.

“… In the circumstances, I mean, of course, for our Chairman, who had witnessed the violence – the guy whose leg was shot, the bone had shattered and the bone fragments were lying on the ground – anybody who saw it will be traumatised. And, so, if a few days after he [Ofosu-Ampofo] was talking and said: ‘we should attack the Peace Council Chairman’, he didn’t mean we should go and beat the Peace Council Chairman, he meant that we should criticise him – verbally”, he told the congregation.

Speaking on this matter on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM hosted by Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Monday, 4 March, the former NPP lawmaker said the NDC themselves are confused over this matter, a situation he said does not augur well for the main opposition party.

“At one point they accuse the National Security of planting secret recorders in their own head office. At another point, they describe the tape as fake and doctored. Another official of the party said the tape is genuine and they support the contents. Mr Mahama who said we should all disregard the tape now comes out to explain what the Chairman meant on the tape. Where from these contradictions?

“It shows how dishonest they are as a party,” he added.

“We understand that they are calling on their supporters to storm the CID office. It is only the Verandah Boys the party created and never gave them jobs to do who thronged the CID headquarters to support Ofosu-Ampofo.

“All the NDC members who are gainfully employed now will not leave their jobs and go to the CID office to support him because they have something doing.”