- President Akufo-Addo has criticised a comment made by former president Mahama on violence
- Mahama had lamented the violence meted out to some NDC supporters at the just ended Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election
- He threatened that the NDC could respond in a more serious way
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned former president Mahama for saying that the NDC would match the NPP “boot for boot” in the 2020 elections.
Mahama was reacting to several news reports of violence which erupted and marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which was held on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
In a statement to condemn those acts of violence, Akufo-Addo also condemned Mahama’s comments.
According to him, his party, the NPP, would in no way compete with any other political party - not the NDC, in unleashing violence on Ghanaians.
“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,” the president stated.
His statement came on the heels of Mahama’s threat that the NDC was a more violent party than the NPP.
Meanwhile, the president has also assured the public that the police was investigating the reports of violence and would soon bring to book those found guilty.
He further congratulated Lydia Seyram Alhassan of the NPP for emerging victorious in the elections.
Below is the president’s full statement:
"I congratulate Lydia Seyram Alhassan on her emphatic victory in Thursday’s by-election, in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency. The electorate in the constituency has made an excellent choice, and I am confident she will serve their interests in Parliament with distinction.
The isolated incident of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, was unfortunate and regrettable, and I condemn it in no uncertain terms. A by-election should be a peaceful and happy event, no matter how competitive. The Police is committed to conducting a rapid inquiry into the matter, and I expect all persons who are found culpable, at the end of the process, to face the full rigours of the law.
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.
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.
I commend the Electoral Commission for the professionalism it displayed in conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible election, despite the isolated challenge it faced.
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."
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