Former President John Dramani Mahama has dismissed charges made by Kwame Baffoe, alias Abronye, the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), that he (Mahama) was involved in a coup attempt.
In a statement released on Tuesday by his Special Aide, Mrs Joyce Bawah Mogtari, the former President refuted Abronye’s assertions, saying that he “has not met with any group of persons, let alone a terrorist organisation, to prepare a coup d’etat.”
After making those charges on the radio, Abronye was arrested on Tuesday. He faces two counts of fake news publication and offensive behavior conducive to a breach of the peace. He has, however, pleaded not guilty to the accusations and has been granted GH100,000 in bond.
In his message, Mr Mahama stated that he is a democrat who is committed to developing democracy not only in Ghana but throughout Africa.
“As a result, any attempt to link him to anti-democratic activities, acts of destabilization, or violations of human and other rights cannot be true,” according to the statement.
He went on to call the charges against him “despicable and repulsive.”
“Despite allegations of a police action against the aforementioned Abronye, this further clarification is only to re-emphasize President Mahama’s integrity and democratic credentials,” the statement continued.