Politics of Monday, 26 November 2012
Mr Ransford Owusu Boakye, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has appealed to supporters of the party, especially the youth, to refrain from any form of violence before, during and after the upcoming election.
He said even if they were attacked verbally or physically by any member of the opposition parties, they should rather report the case to the law enforcement agencies instead of retaliating.
Mr Boakye was speaking to supporters of the party, mainly youth, from the New Juaben Municipality at the launch of John Mahama Fun Club in Koforidua after an early morning keep fit exercise.
He told the supporters that the only business they had on December 7 at the polling stations was to vote, after which they must leave the area to avoid any confrontation with their political opponents.
Mr Boakye told them to protect the peaceful environment in the country, so they could live to enjoy their victory, since the NDC would win the polls “one touch”.
He said the electorate would retain the NDC in power since they were witnesses to the development that had been achieved under the “Better Ghana Agenda” and would want to see more.
The Chairman of the club, Mr Windham Emil Afram, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the club was formed to contribute their quota by canvassing for one million votes for the party.
He said they would mainly visit institutions, especially the tertiary ones, to explain to the people the need to vote to retain President Mahama in power.
Mr Afram said the President had promised to establish a public university and an additional hospital in the Eastern Region and for that promise to materialize, they had to vote massively to retain him in power.
He therefore called on all to come out in their numbers on December 7, to vote for the “Number one” candidate, who will make sure development got to every part of the country.
Mr Joshua Attah Mensah, another leading member of the party, told the party supporters not to allow themselves to be provoked by anybody to do anything that would disturb the existing peace in the country.
He expressed worry at an incident at Kyebi last Thursday where New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters blocked the road leading to the town to prevent President John Mahama and his entourage from campaigning there.
Mr Mensah appealed to supporters of all political parties to tolerate one another’s views to deepen democracy in Ghana.