Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey has dismissed rumors that the church supports a political party.
According to the outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the church does not and will never support any political party.
The Moderator indicated that, “the Presbyterian church of Ghana does not belong to any party and does not support any party.”
The outgoing Moderator revealed he rejected a $100,000 bribe plus a 4×4 wheel drive from a politician. He said he was also promised a plush house at Trassaco complete with a swimming pool if he would tone down on his political commentary.
“How can a full professor sell his conscience to one political party?” he stated stressing he will not be compromised by politicians.
Rev. Martey’s comment is in reaction to criticisms that he has come under after he declared the church’s support for the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This was after the presidential candidate sought the support of the church during its 16th General Assembly.
In a response to the request, the Moderator said “we are taking this seriously. For us, as a church, the Presbyterian Church is the oldest, existing church in this country. We will not sit down for newer churches and political parties to come and mess up our country.”
“We will keep on praying for you, and for calling the Presbyterian Church into partnership, we will partner you to build Ghana… Nana, I wish you well. Your seriousness and experience. You have said you’re a Christian, so stay in your faith and you will be an overcomer,” he told Nana Addo during the event.
This response has not gone down well with many who believe the Moderator is doing the bidding of the opposition party as some have accused him of being a member of the NPP which he denies.
“We have seen governments over governments and the Presbyterian Church at the moment is partnering the NDC government in the governance of our nation,” he said.
“We have partnered all governments in the Fourth Republic. The church will partner every government that comes. So if the leadership of an opposition party comes and asks for our partnership we will support them,” he continued.
The Moderator stressed that there is no way he will sell his conscience to any political party, and the church is only playing its role as mandated.
For him, anyone who believes that he is supporting or is a member of any political party is “mentally retarded”, because “this is not done anywhere.”