General News of Thursday, 13 December 2012
The Deputy Interior Minister is warning leaders of the opposition New Patriotic Party to stop their disgruntled supporters from “illegally” occupying the Obra Spot in Accra in protest over alleged rigged election.
Kobby Acheampong said the patience of the security forces and that of Ghanaians is running out and the leaders of the NPP will be held responsible for the unlawful occupation and acts of violence being perpetrated by their supporters.
Thousands of NPP supporters on Tuesday converged at the Obra Spot for a demonstration against the results of the 2012 elections.
They claim their candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo was dubiously denied victory in Friday’s elections and until the Supreme Court overturns the declaration of the EC chair, they will continue occupying the Obra Spot in Accra.
In fulfillment of their promise, the supporters on Wednesday returned to the same spot amidst tight security presence and have vowed to be there again on Thursday.
But the Deputy Interior Minister warned the supporters will no longer be tolerated.
He said in the heat of election defeat the security forces were lenient and allowed the unlawful assembly but it appears “things are getting out of hand.”
Kobby Acheampong explained to Joy News the NPP has failed to follow due process spelt out in the Public Order Act and their acts of lawlessness will no longer be countenanced.
He said if the leaders of the NPP think they will be exonerated from the illegal actions of their supporters, “then they have to think again.”
The deputy minister said like Laurent Gbagbo, who was never on the streets of Ivory Coast in the heat of the Ivorian crises but is now facing trial, the NPP leaders will face similar charges if their supporters continue to break the law.
He wondered why the supporters will be on the streets when the party leaders have resolved to go to court for redress.