The leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on the Police administration, the Electoral Commission and the Judicial service to expedite actions to bring the opposition NDC Youth Organiser in the Suame constituency to book for inciting political violence.
Addressing the press at the party’s headquarters in Accra yesterday, the NPP Communications Director, Richard Ahiagbah, stressed that a stringent action against him will deter others who might be harbouring similar violent and delinquent thoughts in the NDC.
He also asked the leadership of the NDC to unreservedly “disavow, disassociate and expel this youth organizer” without delay.
“There is a video circulating on social media in which the Suame Youth Organizer of the NDC boldly outdoors the NDC’s violent plot to engage the 2024 general elections. We will not discount this as vain talk; this individual is coherent and clearly appears to know and understand what he is saying and what outcome he expects,” Mr Ahiagbah insisted.
He described the act as “dangerous”, especially with the NDC’s failure to condemn and dissociate itself from the statement, and rather rationalising it.
According to him, the NPP cannot accept this as an ordinary misguided statement because of the coherence of statement by the NDC youth organiser.
“Besides, we believe his threats are not in isolation. He is inspired by the NDC’s presumptive leader, former President Mahama, who has publicly touted the NDC’s credentials: ‘NDC has revolutionary roots, and when it comes to unleashing violence, no one can beat us to it’,” he stated.
The NPP Communications Director recounted that the former President Mahama and the NDC demonstrated this through their actions after he lost the 2020 Presidential elections.
“He held press conference after press conference, and misled Ghanaians that the election had been stolen, and ordered thousands of unsuspecting party youths into the streets around the country, burning markets, attacking innocent citizens and destroying and vandalizing public property,” he indicated.
He added that even NDC MPs participated in the orgy when they stormed the EC headquarters. The vigilance of the police prevented bloodshed.
“Former President Mahama did not stop there. He went on to freely assault the integrity of the Supreme Court by describing it as Unanimous FC.
“We have now been told by the Chairman of NDC and General Secretary at the time, Mr Asiedu Nketia, what the NDC knew at the time— that former President Mahama lost the election. They all knew it, but they wanted ‘King Solomon to cut the baby into two’,” he said.
Mr Ahiagbah also made reference to the “the Muntie 3” incidents, recalling that “when they were jailed, NDC ministers and top officials formed a queue to ask for their pardon, and former President Mahama freed them from prison”.
He maintained that it is the NDC whose leaders oversaw the slaughter in 1982 of three judges and a military officer.
“We believe this NDC Youth Organizer did not speak in isolation or misspoke. He is clear-eyed. His remarks reflect the culture and ethos of the NDC.
“We expect the police and the courts to bring this Suame NDC Youth to Justice very quickly to deter others who might be harbouring similar violent and delinquent thoughts in the NDC. Nothing short of this will suffice,” he reiterated.
He emphasised that notwithstanding the high stakes in politics, partisan politics definitely should not be a do or die or boot for boot affair. He urged the NDC to remain committed to issue-based and decent discourse.