Mahama Ayariga condemns Koku Anyidoho's over coup d'etat comment

Mahama Ayariga condemns Koku Anyidoho's over coup d'etat comment

- Bawku Central MP has broken ranks with the NDC to condemn the party's Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, for his recent controversial comments

- According to Mr Ayariga , Koku's comments is unjustifiable and unworthy of someone who worked under the late President Mills

NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has criticised his party's Deputy General Secretary over a "reckless" statement he made concerning President Nana Akufo-Addo which has landed him in police grips.

According to Mr Ayariga, comments such as the one made by Koku Anyidoho are unjustifiable and must not be defended.

“We must always put country above politics; even Prof. Atta Mills under whom Koku Anyidoho and I served, will definitely not encourage these comments,” the MP stated.

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Mr Anyidoho was arrested on Tuesday by the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) following a comment he made in a radio interview.

Koku had threatened that there will be a "civil revolt" over the Ghana-US Defence Cooperation Agreement ratified by Parliament last Friday.

On January 13, 1972, a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself. There’ll be a civil revolt," Mr Anyidoho said.

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His arrest and subsequent charge of treason has been widely condemned by leading members of the NDC have condemned the manner the arrest was effected, saying it is disproportionate to the comment Mr Anyidoho made.

But speaking in an interview on Joy FM, Mr Ayariga, rather lauded the measures taken by the police over Mr Anyidoho's comment.

We should not entertain calls for the standards to be lowered when politicians are talking; in fact, the standards should be higher when politicians are engaged in discussions of this country,” he cautioned.

He, however, asked the police CID to “exercise some restraints [and] grant him [Mr Anyidoho] bail” because “whatever they [CID] want to send they have done so.”

We will appeal to them to grant him bail so we can continue the legal process,” he pleaded.

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