The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says former President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress are trying to cause tensions ahead of the 2020 elections in light of recent pronouncements on security issues.
The party at a press conference on Tuesday accused the former president of being too “power hungry.”
“Why is the former president desperate for power? Can that desperation be justified by peddling falsehoods about security in Ghana to the international community especially when the former president appears to be the inspiration for such violence with his own party.”
The NPP claims Mr. Mahama is presenting inconsistent rhetoric on security in the country as part of “a deliberate agenda to infuse a sense of political violence and fear in the country ahead of elections next year.”
“This attempt to create fear of elections going as far as denigrating the country’s image on the international scene does not wash with voters in Ghana.”
The party notes that NDC had criticised the nation’s security setup in the wake of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence, which is the subject of a Commission of Inquiry probe.
But following the more recent shooting in Kumasi at the NDC party office, Mr. Mahama and the NDC have called for a swift police probe.
“They have found and renewed their faith in the police” after the Kumasi shooting, Mr. Buaben noted at the press conference.
He subsequently challenged Mr. Mahama to endorse the Emile Short Commission, which the former president had expressed distrust in and served notice of a boycott.
“We ask the NDC to strengthen its new-found faith in the police by extending it to an unequivocal endorsement of the commission. If that happens, stakeholders across the governance landscape… can then encourage the commission to spread its tentacles wide and draw conclusions capable of dealing with the alarming tread of political blackmail.”
By: citinewsroom.com | Ghana