The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused Accra based Metro TV of conspiring with some persons close to the opposition New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer to muscle-out NDC representatives from the station’s Good Morning Ghana programme.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Free Zones Board, Kojo Twum Boafo alleges that the programme’s Producer bowed to pressure from the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Asare ‘Gabby’ Otchere-Darko, to prevent him (Mr Twum Boafo) from appearing on the Thursday July 21 edition of the programme.
Mr Twum Boafo, expressed little surprise at the station’s action since according to him, it is a known fact that the deputy General Manager (of Metro T.V, Alhassan Haruna is a known NPP member who has been tipped as a possible running mate to the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Speaking to Citi FM, Mr Twum Boafo stated: “I was called last night (Wednesday July 20) by the Deputy Minister of Information to go and represent the government on Metro T.V. When I was nearly there I got a call from the producer who said that I have been replaced and Bernard Mornah had been called…
“What I found out was that there was a prior incident last night at which Gabby Otchere-Darko was uncomfortable with me so the producer had asked the Deputy Minister not to send me. So now Gabby calls the shots for Metro.
“Metro T.V also has as a added distinction a General Manager (sic) who is being touted as a possible vice presidential candidate to Nana Addo.
“The station has been up to these little tricks for a long time, when we go there the host only reads through messages from the NPP side and all kinds of things.
“I understand that the government has withdrawn all their people from that program so anybody who goes there does not represent us anymore. I think that it would be better if Metro T.V comes out with what they really want to do”.
But the Deputy Managing Director of Metro TV, Alhassan Haruna has denied the allegations. He told Citi FM in an interview that nobody from the NPP, including Gabby Otchere-Darko had asked Metro T.V to prevent anyone from appearing on the program.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Otchere Darko has told Citi News that he has no hand in Mr. Twum Boafo not appearing on the program. He noted that he has no power to determine who appears on Metro T.V’s Good Morning Ghana show and expressed shock at the allegations leveled against him and the NPP.