President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) would never dream of competing with any other political party to unleash violence on the Ghanaian people.
“It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people”. He said in statement
Former President John Dramani Mahama, at a rally in the Volta Region, Thursday stated that, the NDC will march the NPP “boot to boot” in the 2020 elections if the NPP government attempts to intimidate and harass NDC supporters with violence.
Mr. Mahama added, “We are not going to joke in 2020, and I’m sounding a warning to the NPP – we are going to match them boot for boot…”
But, in a rebuke response President Akufo-Addo said, “Our policy, as espoused by the founding father of our political tradition, is “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen”, and that is what my Government is doing”.
Mr. Akufo-Addo in a statement added that, “The Ghanaian people have, again, demonstrated to the world their deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law. Ghana’s democracy is robust, and will only grow from strength to strength”.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante has condemned the former President statement and urged him to apologies to Ghanaians. “I pray and I want to believe that he didn’t mean it, he did it out of anger. We have to be very circumspect and under such circumstances watch the things that we say.
“If he said that, I would want to say that President Mahama, with all humility, I will plead with him to apologise to the nation. In making that statement, he has really created fear in the hearts of people and it’s not just President Mahama I will say this to, I want to say this to all our leaders, people we are looking up to in this nation; that under such circumstances one would expect that they will be the voice of wisdom, a voice that will calm tension, a voice that will help Ghanaians to be able to say: Indeed, we have leaders. So, please let’s be very careful about these things that we say”. he said in a report