According to him, the appointment of Mr. Edward Asomani, Deputy National Security Co-ordinator, to head the National Security (subject to the confirmation of his appointment), is a clear indication of President Akufo-Addo’s intention to use the security apparatus “to prepare an uneven electoral playing field in the next election.”
In an opinion piece cited by the Independent Ghana, Mr Amidu stressed that the latest appointment in the National Security apparatus which takes effect from Monday, 8th August 2022 “gives finality to Nana Akufo-Addoâ€™s long game to capture the National Security Secretariat apparatus towards his electoral agenda for the 2024 parliamentary and presidential elections.â€
He noted that, the President â€œ is determined to ensure that by the middle of his second term in office, all the instruments of law enforcement, state security and intelligence power of the Republic of Ghana should be led by persons with proven political dedication and loyalty to his person, and his family and friends,â€ part of the article read.
He further accused the President of trying to use other state institutions to influence the elections in favor of the New Patriotic Party.
â€œThe groundwork to facilitate the accomplishment of the dreams of Nana Akufo-Addo to abuse the constitutional process through the appointing powers vested in him to load the institutions of state power responsible for impartial law enforcement, security and intelligence of the electoral process with the new leadership of the National Security apparatus, had already been laid during his first term in office as President when he captured the commanding heights of the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization and its associated regulatory authorities and agencies responsible for information technology, and communications.â€
â€œThe biometric data of all citizens of voting age who use SIM cards as instruments of ICT are to be captured and stored in a database at the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) pursuant to the authority of the Minister and the National Communications Authority (NCA).
â€œIt is imperative for citizens to remember that the Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr. Joseph Anokye, was purposefully brought or encouraged to return home to facilitate the winning of the 2016 elections by Nana Akufo-Addo and was duly rewarded with that appointment in January 2017.
â€œFor those who do not know or remember: the Director-General of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA), Mr. Richard Okyere-Fosu, was a former group head of information technology at cousin Ken Ofori-Attaâ€™s Data Bank Financial Services Limited who went along to the Ministry of Finance with Ken Ofori Atta and was later transitioned to NITA. First, as Director of Finance and Administration and subsequently elevated to lead the agency.â€
He added that â€œand for those who understand the power of controlling voterâ€™s and citizensâ€™ biometric data and means of information technology communications during the 2024 elections the possibility of surveillance of political opponents could not have been far from the main reason for the insistence and railroading of Ghanaians on the Ghana Card registration, and the SIM Cards re-registration exercise using the unconstitutional and infamous process of the Establishment of Emergency Communications Instrument, 202 (E. I. 63).
Nana Akufo-Addoâ€™s long game to use the instruments of state power disingenuous and opaquely to prepare an uneven electoral playing field in such a manner as to realize his fixation and paranoid of winning the 2024 elections, no matter what happens, is being gradually achieved,â€ he said.