The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel? Osei Akyeampong, has categorically denied calling the General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia,? a.k.a ?General Mosquito? a drunkard.

News was rife earlier in the week that the NDC General Secretary together with the Central regional Communication director of the party, Allotey Jacobs had incurred the wrath of the Presby church after accusing the church of dabbling in politics when making public its misgivings about the creation of the 45 new constituencies by the Electoral Commission.

The PRO was reported to have called General Mosquito a ?drunkard? in his response to the accusation.

Speaking on Accra based Radio XYZ yesterday, to react to this public information, Mr. Osei Akyeampong said ?I never made such statement against Mr. Asiedu Nketia that he was influenced by alcohol before delivering his message to the public.?

He however noted that the comments by Mr. Allotey Jacobs and Mr. Asiedu Nketia suggesting the church was doing the bidding for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) were irresponsible and reprehensible.

According to Mr. Akyeampong, it was regrettable that in spite of the pledges and commitment to political decorum in the immediate aftermath of the death of President John Atta Mills, some political parties had reverted to their previous ways.

He insisted that churches are entitled to express their views on pressing national issues and therefore reiterated his call for an unconditional apology from the NDC scribe and other party top officials over what he calls unguarded statements by some officials of the party.

Ealier, the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt Rev Dr. Yaw Frimpong Manso has expressed grave worry about the growing rift between the church and ruling NDC, warning that it has the potential to affect national development.

He has therefore called for a ceasefire between his church and the ruling party.

Speaking on Adom FM?s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Monday, Rt Rev Frimpong Manso expressed surprise at his former PRO?s outburst, describing him as a ?humble and respectful man? who was most likely provoked beyond measure.
Nevertheless, he called on officials of both institutions to rise above their differences and ?find a way to apologise.?
?To say the church should take its Bible and the state its laws would be wrong, especially because of the role religious bodies including the Presbyterian Church have played in national development. This could lead to conflict between the church and state.

?I know Asiedu Nketiah is a Presbyterian, he could have spoken with the Moderator and asked for clarification.?

Rt Rev Frimpong Manso said political tension is growing ahead of the December 7 poll, and it was therefore important that people in leadership positions guard against inflammatory or insulting talk, including tagging them with political colours.

?In these times political leaders will move into the church to seek votes, which is their right. It is very unfortunate that some people believe the Presby Church is pro-NPP. Our colours include colours of both NDC and NPP. The church is non-partisan.

The Presby church was formed long before the formation of both NDC and NPP,? he pointed out.

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