- NDC flagbearer, John Mahama, says sending troops to certain parts of the country amounts to declaring war on them
- The former president said the deployment of soldiers to the Volta and Oti regions is creating panic and anxiety
- He has also called on President Akufo-Addo to ensure no Ghanaian is disenfranchised in the upcoming polls
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Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has showed support for regions he termed are under “military siege” ahead of the voters' registration exercise.
In a statement, the NDC flagbearer said the development is akin to declaring war on residents of those areas. He said it is part of a grand scheme to disenfranchise some Ghanaians in the upcoming polls.
The deployment of soldiers in the Volta region particularly has created a storm on social media with many Ghanaians divided over the issue.
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Supporters of the governing party have justified the move while opposition members have described it as voter suppression.
In a statement signed by his personal aide, Mr. Mahama said “I have sufficient reason to believe that there is merit in the concerns raised by the residents of these regions. It is becoming evident by the day that the Akufo-Addo government perceives political power as an end in itself, hence the resort to such crude and high-handed measures to usurp the mandate of the people."
The statement noted that sending troops into regions when there is absolute peace is akin to declaring war on them.
“To our compatriots in the Volta, Oti, Upper East, and Upper West Regions, do not be crestfallen over these acts of intimidation.”
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The statement also called on members of the armed forces not to allow themselves to be used to intimidate other citizens.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a resident of Aflao named Israel Emmanuel Ahedor shared a video of what is happening at the Ghana-Togo border where military personnel are deployed.
The video was sighted by YEN.com.gh on the personal Twitter handle of Israel where the young man indicated that absolutely nothing unusual was going on.
According to Israel, he believes there is a lot of propaganda associated with the reports of a military deployment at the border when it is actually business as usual in the area.
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