The vibrant political movement #TheNewForce has found itself embroiled in a controversy as allegations of fraudulent claims regarding the iconic “The Man in the Mask” campaign have surfaced. The movement, known for its innovative and grassroots approach, now faces a challenge from Sam Ankrah, who has purportedly asserted himself as the mastermind behind the campaign.
A recent statement issued by #TheNewForce categorically denies any association between Sam Ankrah and the creative conception, design, and inventive process that birthed “The Man in the Mask.” The statement expresses disappointment over what the movement describes as an attempt by Ankrah to exploit the creative ingenuity of young Ghanaians for personal political gain.
The dispute escalated when #TheNewForce, following legal counsel, announced their intention to file a complaint with the Electoral Commission. They claim that Ankrah’s actions violate Section 6 of the Political Parties Act 2000 (Act 526), an offense that carries the potential for a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years.
Furthermore, #TheNewForce has indicated their readiness to pursue civil action against Ankrah for infringement of intellectual property rights. They assert ownership over the original artistic and creative works, including graphics, images, and text associated with the campaign, as well as symbols, logos, and distinctive visual elements.
The movement demands that Ankrah immediately cease and desist from any further use, reproduction, distribution, or modification of their intellectual property. In addition, they have requested the removal of the contested images from all of Ankrah’s platforms and a public apology for the alleged infringement.
The city is now watching closely as this unfolding drama unfolds, questioning the authenticity of Sam Ankrah’s claims and pondering the potential impact on #TheNewForce’s vision for a new political era. The fate of “The Man in the Mask” campaign hangs in the balance, and citizens eagerly await further developments in this unexpected political and creative clash.