Story: Prosper Agbenyega/www.www.spyghana.com

 

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Cracks within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) over whom the party’s umbrella logo belongs to, seems to have deepened day by day, as another person has waded into the controversy laying claim to the said logo.

Days after a Former First Lady Nana Konady Agyemagn Rawlings former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings threatened to place a ban on the use of the NDC party’s logo, the umbrella, believing it is her intellectual property, a part time lecturer at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Mr Ebo Ocran is also laying claim to the party log, claiming he originally designed the logo in London.

According to him, a friend of his, named Steven Oklo, approached him in 1992 after he (Ebo) had completed the university and requested him to use a computer to design a logo which was going to be used by a political party in Ghana. Mr Ocran claimed he did not know which party it was.

Although he Mr. Ocran is in a way claiming ownership over the logo, he made the design using a bald eagle with its wings spread and holding the Ghana map, but he later realized the design had been modified. “…The eagle head is still where it is, what used to be the wings has changed over the years to become an umbrella. What used to be the legs of the eagle has now become the handle of the umbrella…” he stated.

It is also emerging however that, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, even though confident of her position as far as the ownership of the logo is concern, could lose the battle and the right to ownership of the NDC logo.

Many political analysts who spoke on the current happenings within the NDC believe that if the party can show evidence that the logo was registered in the name of the NDC at the Electoral Commission, prior to Mrs Rawlings registering the same logo at the Copyright office; the claims by the former first lady could be of no effect.

Interestingly, information received from the Copyright office indicates that the claim by former first lady is of merit.

Meanwhile other legal brains are also saying that the position of the law is that where you have a specialized institution such as the registration of electoral logos in the case of the EC, and you have a general statute such as the registration of general logos under Copyright laws of Ghana, the position of the law is that the specialized law which in this case will be the EC’s law will tramp that of the generalized law which in this case is copyright law.

It is however, unclear whether the two claimants to the logo could make any headway against the party.

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