The leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has assured Ghanaians that the 2024 general elections would be transparent, fair, and devoid of violence from any political party.
A statement released yesterday by the party’s General Secretary, Justin Frimpong Kodua, stressed that the NPP remains a peace-loving party, and would not do anything to endanger the peace and security of the country.
He expressed the optimism that “the NPP would emerge victors to continue its transformation agenda”.
The statement promised that the party will guard jealously the country’s image of being the bastion of democracy on the African continent.
The assurance follows eyebrows raised by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on comments by Bryan Acheampong, Minister of Food and Agriculture, over the weekend in Kwahu.
Addressing an NPP gathering, the Minister, who is also MP for Abetifi, said the “NDC party will collapse.”
“If the NDC dares to use threats, violence and foolishness in the 2024 election, we will let them know we have the men. We will show them that we have the men,” he said.
Subsequently, the NDC called on the Ghana Police Service to immediately arrest and prosecute the Abetifi MP.
A statement signed by its General Secretary, Fifi Kwetey, described Mr Acheampong’s comments as “reckless and treasonable”.
But responding to the NDC’s calls, the NPP Chief Scribe described the opposition’s statement as not only “ill-founded, hypocritical, illogical, and baseless”, but also one that “lacks contextual substance for the consumption of the discerning Ghanaians.”
The statement reminded the NDC that Ghanaians are “not oblivious to the modus operandi of the main opposition party in deliberately putting diabolic and mischievous slant to an otherwise innocuous comments of Bryan Acheampong in furtherance of their selfish political interest”.
“Since the NDC pretends not to appreciate and logically decode Bryan’s message, we would once again educate them, just as we have done on many occasions. For the avoidance of doubt, Hon. Bryan Acheampong, was responding to the NDC’s perpetual flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, who had on many occasions described the 2024 general elections as one of ‘do or die’ for the NDC,” the statement explained.
The NPP also noted that it is no secret that the NDC had always resorted to violence and intimidation against their opponents during the conduct of general elections, and this was summed up by John Mahama.
“He (Mahama) has stated emphatically that: ‘NDC has revolutionary root, and that when it comes to unleashing violence, nobody can beat us (NDC) in unleashing violence’. Other leading members of the NDC, including Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the National Chairman of the party, have made similar threatening and malicious comments. “Indeed, following his election as National Chairman, Asiedu Nketia stated in his victory speech that the NDC would fight the 2024 general elections to win a second independence for Ghana, and that they were prepared to sacrifice everything including, their lives, for an NDC victory,” the statement indicated.
It added that it was in response to this myriad of treasonable comments from the NDC that Mr Acheampong gave encouragement to supporters of the NPP, who may feel intimated by the many threats coming from the NDC.
According to the statement, the message the Minister sought to communicate to NPP members was “…that, under no circumstance should they feel intimated because the NPP has men of courage who can rise to the defense of our democracy and the 1992 Constitution of the Republic as enshrined in Article 3 of the Constitution. Hon. Bryan, thereupon, proceeded to give NPP supporters a firm assurance that the Party will not lose the 2024 general elections and hand power to the NDC but will do everything to retain power.”
“Considering the steps being taken by the Akufo-Addo-led government to tackling Ghana’s socioeconomic challenges, which have begun bearing positive dividends, and also by the conduct of the NPP since the advent of the Fourth Republic, Bryan Acheampong’s comment can only be interpreted to mean that the NPP, just as it has done in the past, is determined to do everything legally possible to win the 2024 general elections. The NPP’s track record of winning elections through free, fair, and transparent means is not in doubt at all,” it reiterated.