The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says former president John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress are trying to cause tension ahead of the 2020 elections in light of recent pronouncements on security issues.
The NPP claims former president Mahama is presenting inconsistent rhetoric on security in the country as part of “a deliberate agenda to infuse a sense of political violence and fear in the country ahead of elections next year.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Member of Parliament for Adentan constituency, Yaw Buaben Asamoah, speaking on behalf of the NPP, accused the former president of being too “power hungry.”
“Why is the former president desperate for power? Can that desperation be justified by peddling falsehoods about security in Ghana to the international community especially when the former president appears to be the inspiration for such violence with his own party.”
He noted that NDC had criticised the nation’s security setup in the wake of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence, which is the subject of a Commission of Inquiry probe.
He added that following the more recent shooting in Kumasi at the NDC party office, Mahama and the NDC have called for a swift police probe.
“They have found and renewed their faith in the police” after the Kumasi shooting," Buaben noted.
He subsequently challenged Mahama to endorse the Emile Short Commission, which the former president had expressed distrust in and served notice of a boycott.
“We ask the NDC to strengthen its new-found faith in the police by extending it to an unequivocal endorsement of the commission," Buaben added.
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