Don't take part in violent election protests - National Imam tells Zongo youths

Don't take part in violent election protests - National Imam tells Zongo youths

- Young persons across Zongo communities have been urged against violent protests

- The Deputy National Iman lamented how Zongo youth are often used for election violence

- John Mahama has assured of conceding once an independent audit is done

The Deputy National Imam for the Ahlussunna Wal Jama’a Islamic sect, Sheikh Muhammad Kamil Muhammad, has repeated the call on the youth from the various Zongo communities in the country to stay away from the recent post-election demonstrations that have turned violent.

He stated the country is in a crucial period and if the Zongo youth will want to be used as tools of creating mayhem then peace will become a scare necessity for everyone.

According to him, even though Ghana has continuously been referred to as an icon of peace in Africa, more needs to be done to consolidate it and the Zongo youth must play their civic roles accordingly.

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Sheikh Muhammad Kamil Muhammad gave the admonition during the inauguration of the Bono regional Chief Imam of Ahlussunna Wal Jama’a, Sheikh Ibrahim Saeed Abdul Rahman and his Deputy, Shiekh Ahmed Saeed at Wenchi.

"Don't join them in the violent protests. We are peaceful people and politics must not dent out image as a Zongo community," he stated.

The defeat of John Mahama in the recently held election has sparked pockets of protests by NDC supporters across the country and parts of the world.

Recently, some Ghanaians in Washington DC have protested the election results. Hoisting placards which read “We Voted Mahama”, these staunch supporters of the former president demand a revocation of the 2020 election results.

Amid the snow and cold weather, protesters gathered round amid the presence of police to demonstrate against what they believe was a flawed election and a scheme by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission to declare President Akufo Addo the winner of the general election.

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So far, John Dramani Mahama has called for an independent audit of all the Pink Sheets from the various polling stations in the country. He recently told observers from the Electoral Commission that he will gladly concede defeat should the audit be done.

The opposition NDC has also dared the electoral commission to make public, copies of pink sheets of the official declaration of results for Techiman South Constituency.

The NDC is insisting it won the parliamentary race in the constituency where 2 people were shot dead during the polls.

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The minority leader Haruna Iddrisu says all attempts to get the commission furnish the party with the declaration sheets have proven futile. He alleges the commission’s failure to produce the declared results is an indication the commission manipulated figures to favor of the governing NPP.

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“I’m challenging the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, the regional EC director for Bono East and the returning officer for Techiman South to make public whatever result they have so declared for the constituency, we demand that in the name of transparency then we know what it is that NPP or NDC obtained against each other was. We simply can’t find the results. It means that its open day light robbery and disrespect for the laws of Ghana,” he demanded.

Meanwhile, Paramount Chief of the Techiman Traditional Area in the Bono East Region, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw, has condemned the shooting incident that led to the death of two people in the area during the just ended elections. He observed under no circumstance should innocent citizens be shot-dead in the manner it occurred in Techiman.

Election results declared by the Returning Officer to the President – Jean Mensa – confirms that John Mahama was unable to garner 50 plus one votes. The results show that John Mahama polled 6,214,889 while Nana Addo polled 6,730,413 votes.

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Political scientists at the Department of Political Science of the University of Ghana argue that forming a parallel government is unconstitutional. Such acts can even trigger treasonable offences.

The Managing news editor of the crusading guide newspaper says that the results of presidential and parliamentary elections have been gazette. He believes it will only take a judgment from the Supreme Court to reverse the results of the elections.

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The international community has hailed Ghana for the peaceful elections. A special convoy from the European Union (EU), also described the elections as generally peaceful.

Meanwhile, John Mahama has insisted he will not accept the results of a “flawed election”. He told supporters at the party head office that he will seek all legitimate legal means to reverse the declaration made by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa.

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