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Jake Obetsebi Lamptey

Jake Obetsebi Lamptey

Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has raised a strong objection to a Ghanaian Chronicle publication that claimed he had accused Sammy Crabbe, another party big-shot, of bribery and vote-buying.

Both Messrs Obetsebi-Lamptey and Crabbe have made public their intentions to contest the national chairmanship position of the NPP come December this year and the story described the alleged attack as a “family war in the NPP”.

Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, obviously unhappy with the Chronicle story, yesterday issued a short but strong-worded press statement in which he categorically dissociated himself from the comments attributed to him in the story and described the publication as a “ great injustice” to both him and Mr. Crabbe.

The said story appeared with a screaming banner headline on the front page of Tuesday’s edition  of the Chronicle and alleged that Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, speaking through an aide by name Asamoah Gyamfi, had “descended heavily on his challenger, Mr. Sammy Crabbe, the incumbent Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NPP, accusing him of bribing the Northern Executives of the NPP with Television sets to vote for him”.

The story had other derogatory remarks supposedly made by Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey against Mr. Crabbe and also quoted the latter as having expressed surprise and disappointment at the alleged attack on his person and also hit back at his supposed attacker.

Yesterday’s press statement, signed by Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey noted: “I write to take strong exception to your headline…I have nowhere accused Mr. Sammy Crabbe of paying bribes. I know nothing of Mr. Crabbe and television sets.

“I have been everywhere preaching against slanderous campaigning. I have competed against many people for many positions in our party since we founded it in 1992 and have never, and Insha Allah will never resort to mudslinging. “Your headline does both Mr. Crabbe and I great injustice.”

Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey was reported to have told a number of radio stations in Accra that he has not appointed any aide and also not asked anyone to grant any interview on his behalf and thus whoever the Chronicle might have spoken to was definitely not speaking on his behalf.

Indeed, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey had, barely a week ago, called on members of the NPP to eschew internal brawls that degenerate into personal attacks at the detriment of the party’s fortunes.

Speaking on the issue of mudslinging to party members at a family meeting of NPP faithful in Accra last week, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey noted: “If during the elections you insult my mother, you make it difficult for me to work with you later – win or lose. So don’t insult my mother. Do not say or do things that others will find unforgivable.

“I want to believe that we are all learning that it is better to sacrifice some of our personal ambitions for the common good because at the end of the day, a piece of cake is better than none. “That attitude of ‘if I can’t have it, you can’t have it’, always leads to none of us having it, not only the two of you,” he added.

Source: dailyguideghana

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