A former general secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, has responded to former John Mahama, boasting that the NPP has a more violent tradition than the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Sir John, while on a radio show earlier this week, referred the former president to Ghana's history, citing the period from what he called "era of Wawadiwawa" to the incidence of the Kulungugu bombing in 1962.
Afriyie, who is about to leave his position as the head of the Forestry Commission, reportedly said on the show that the NPP's history of violence was unmatched by any political tradition in Ghana.
He is quoted by Mynewsgh.com as saying: “He (Mahama) does not know the history of Ghana. If he wants to know, he should go and look for Wawadiwawa era.
Our forefathers were expert warriors and not cowards who run away from the battlefield. He is only referring to Rawlings’ 1990 revolution, isn’t it? As for NPP in terms of violence, before Abraham, we were”.
Afriyie reportedly continued: "Does he know when violence started in Ghana? Even Kwame Nkrumah who arrested, beat and detained us without trials, he couldn’t stand us.
Does John Mahama know how the Kulungugu bomb came about in this country? He should stop bragging about violence."
Afriyie was reacting the John Dramani Mahama's stern warning to the NPP over the violent act exhibited on Thursday, January 31, 2019 during the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency by-election.
According the former president, the NPP must be ashamed of themselves for deploying violent tactics during the by-election.
He opined that if this continues in the 2020 general elections, the NDC would be forced to respond with violence as well.
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