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Is Papa Kwesi Nduom out on a storm duel with President Akufo-Addo?

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A news report claims Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has threatened to ‘collapse’ President Akufo-Addo’s presidency in December 2020.

The Twitter account used to post this claim is not that of Dr Ndoum’s.

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According to an online publication by ghblast.com, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, founder of the Patriotic People’s Party and Chairman of Groupe Nduom, has stated through his Twitter platform that,

“U have made it a point to collapse businesses belonging to perceived enemies of yours. We shall also make it a responsibility to collapse your presidency in December. You’re a total disappointment too many. Many regrets.”

See below:

Image Source: ghblast.com

The story which was flagged to Dubawa as part of its Third-Party Fact-checking project, since it was published two days ago, has been viewed over 9100 times on Facebook alone. It has also been shared on Facebook pages here, here and here.

Just two weeks ago, another one of these fake tweets went viral, claiming the politician and businessman had stated that “NDC’s Naana Opoku Agyeman is far better than ‘talkative’ Bawumia”. This claim was found to be fake in a report published by Dubawa Ghana

Verification

Dubawa contacted corporate affairs representatives of Groupe Nduom. According to their official response,  Dr. Nduom has nothing to do with the post. A representative had this to say,

“It is a political time, all of these things will come out. That is why we have made it clear to everyone that this is Dr. Nduom’s official handle. Any other person who uses his picture or anything is not coming from us, it’s not coming from him, Dr. Nduom and if he wants to talk, he will use those handles and speak his mind or he will grant interviews if he so wishes”.

The office further stated that the press statement dated July 10th, 2020, concerning the use of a fake account, @papakwesijunior, applies to this case as well, adding that any tweet from any account other than @pknduom should be disregarded. 

See press statement below:

Source: Group Nduom

A Twitter search for the name Papa Kwesi Nduom revealed that other accounts, including the one responsible for the previous fake viral tweets, @papakwesijunior, exist under that alias with the names written differently including in his actual account @pknduom.

News reports discrediting these tweets have been published on various news platforms. See here and here also.

Other checks suggest that this tweet could not have come from Dr. Nduom. Case in point is the unprofessional use of abbreviations in the tweet such as ‘U’ instead of ‘You,’ which raises suspicion as to the personality in question.

Dubawa further checked from the official Facebook page of Dr. Nduom to verify if this post, associated with him has been posted there as well. The findings reveal that was not the case, reinforcing doubts about the false tweet, since this has been Dr. Nduom’s regular platform for all his public comments.  The page also reveals that the last post by Dr.Nduom was on July 5th, 2020, containing a YouTube link providing information on the GN Banks Court Case

Conclusion

The account purporting to be that of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom’s is a fake account. The politician did not claim that the current President pledged to collapse businesses belonging to people perceived to be his enemies and that the PPP will make it a point of duty to collapse Akufo-Addo’s presidency in December. 

Roselena Ahiable is a Senior Researcher with Dubawa Ghana. Roselena has years of demonstrated work experience in advertising, sales and marketing, having worked with some of the leading brands in Ghana. She has completed a Master of Philosophy programme in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, with specialisation in Public Relations and Advertising. She has also received advanced training in print and broadcast journalism. Roselena also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana. As a trained journalist with interest in research, Roselena provides the team insight in news and media trend analysis.

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