Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for OXY FM is alleging that, former President John Dramani Mahama promised to buy Prophet Badu Kobi, the founder and general overseer of Glorious Wave Church International, a private jet in order for him to malign and destroy President Akufo-Addo.
He made the allegations on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, in reaction to an allegation that he was gay and having an affair with Rev. Owusu Bempah.
In an angry mood, the controversial radio owner disclosed on the show that, the man of God confronted him with a photo of a man with a striking resemblance of President Akufo-Addo, and the agenda was for him to come out public and say the man is the son of Nana Addo which he refused.
According to him, Prophet Kobi allegedly instructed him to carry out the agenda in order for him to win favours from Mr. Mahama who was at the time President of Ghana.
Mr. Larbi who is popularly called DJ Oxygen said, the prophet was expecting a private jet from Mahama and because he felt ‘’I could help in that agenda, he wanted me to destroy Nana Addo.’’
He has also threatened to sue individuals who are pushing the story of him being a gay because ‘’the story is false and unfounded. I am being tagged a gay because I refused to do the prophet’s bidding.’’
He also threatened to sue Okay fm and host Kwame Nkrrumah Tekesie.
Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi said: ‘’I am extremely angry. I am furious because the story about me is not true. I am going to sue Okay FM and Kwame Nkrumah Tekesie. This will generate more stories.’’
He took a swipe at Prophet Kobi and warned that he will soon expose the story behind the cars he usually gift to celebrities.
A debut study by Penplusbytes www.penplusbytes.org on fake news in Ghana has shown that the Ghanaian media landscape does not have systems, budgets or trained personnel dedicated to combat the menace of fake news.
The study – Media Perspectives on Fake News in Ghana (www.penplusbytes.org/fakenews) – also establishes that in Ghana, “bait and click” is the commonest form of fake news, fabricated content and false headlines without connection to content.
Globally, fake news or hoaxes, usually in the form of misinformation, spin, outright lies and fabrications, has been around for a long time. But in recent times, fake news has seen rapid growth due to social media and other new digital tools, which are enablers, with attendant adverse impact on citizens’ lack of trust not only in the news media, but also key governance institutions.
Naturally, the Ghanaian media landscape is not excluded from this global epidemic.
Penplusbytes set out to undertake the ‘Media Perspectives on Fake News in Ghana’ study in order to understand the prevalence of the fake news problem while assessing the measures in place to combat this phenomenon.
The study was based on the use of a structured questionnaire administered to nearly 200 media organisations in Ghana, made up of print, online, media convergence and broadcast media spread through the 10 regions of Ghana.
In terms of if the media in Ghana is supporting public education on fake news, the survey results showed that 82.5% do not have programmes or columns for educating the public on fake news.
In assessing the capacity of newsrooms to deal with fake news, it came out clearly that most newsrooms (81.7%) did not assign staff to deal with fake news.
An overwhelming number of newsrooms surveyed (92%) were of the view that putting in place regulations and laws are the best way of dealing with fake news in Ghana.
This recommendation is problematic since literature points to the fact that laws and regulations are not magic bullet to deal with fake news and misinformation.
More so, such laws dealing with fake news could become tools to harass journalists and impinge on freedom of speech.
According to the Executive Director of Penplusbytes and lead researcher, Kwami Ahiabenu II, “The issue of fake news and misinformation is here to stay, with the likelihood of it becoming a crisis in due course.
“However, there is a dearth of knowledge about its manifestation in Ghana and options available to deal with it.
“In light of this situation, we are excited that we are able to contribute to the body of knowledge on this subject while offering practical recommendations to deal with this problem.”
The ‘Media Perspectives On Fake News In Ghana’ study strongly recommended a conscious and concerted effort by all stakeholders, especially government, regulatory bodies such as the National Media Commission, National Communications Authority, academia, private sector and the media houses, to consolidate their efforts to address the issue of fake news now and not wait till it gets completely out of hand.
This serves as a better approach of being proactive rather than being restrictive with inefficient solutions when this crisis becomes unmanageable.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he will soon come public with information on the need to contest as flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The man, who lost the 2016 presidential race to current President Akufo-Addo in an attempt to seek re-election, told a crowd that participated in the unity walk in Bolgatanga that, the focus should be the reorganization of the party.
It is the third time the former president has swerved to answer whether he will contest or not. He had in the past impressed on party leaders and supporters to focus their attention on reorganization of the NDC after the humiliating defeat in 2016.
He told the crowd, “Sooner rather than later…I think very very soon, I would make my political future clear…as I said earlier, I do not want my decision whether to run or not to affect the reorganization of the party.’’
Mr. Mahama was defeated in 2016 by President Akufo-Addo who won on the third attempt after he was defeated by the late Mills in 2008 and John Dramani Mahama in 2014.
Mr. Mahama polled a little above 44% of total votes cast in the last election, the lowest for an incumbent President.
The former president will face competition from former CEO of National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; Professor Joshua Alabi, Dr. Spio-Garbrah, a former Trade and Industry Minister and Alban Sumani Bagbin, the Second Deputy Speaker and longest serving MP.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the US will face "historic regret" if Donald Trump scraps the nuclear agreement with Tehran.
Mr Rouhani's comments come as the US president decides whether to pull out of the deal by a 12 May deadline.
Mr Trump has strongly criticised the agreement, calling it "insane".
The 2015 deal - between Iran, the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK - lifted sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.
France, the UK and Germany have been trying persuade the US president that the current deal is the best way to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is travelling to Washington on Sunday to discuss the matter with White House officials.
The UN also warned Mr Trump not to walk away from the deal.
However, he has threatened that the US will "withdraw" from the deal on 12 May - the end of a 120-day review period - unless Congress and European powers fixed its "disastrous flaws".
In remarks carried live on Iranian state television on Sunday, President Rouhani said: "If America leaves the nuclear deal, this will entail historic regret for it."
He warned Iran had "a plan to counter any decision Trump may take and we will confront it".
Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful and says it considers the deal non-renegotiable.
Last week, Israel revealed "secret nuclear files" which it said showed Iran had run a secret nuclear weapons programme, which was reportedly mothballed 15 years ago.
Iran branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a liar and said the documents he produced were a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the documents were authentic and showed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was "built on lies".
Mr Trump is already unhappy that the current deal only limits Iran's nuclear activities for a fixed period and does not stop the development of ballistic missiles.
He also said it had handed Iran a $100bn (£72bn) windfall that it used "as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression" across the Middle East.
During two days of talks in Washington, Mr Johnson will meet US Vice-President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and foreign policy leaders in Congress.
Earlier this month, he said it was important to keep the deal "while building on it in order to take account of the legitimate concerns of the US".