General News of Thursday, 3 January 2013
The young patriots, a youth wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have decided to step down their protest against the decision to prevent former President Kufuor from attending the inauguration of President John Mahama.
According to the group, their initial reaction was one of shock and disapproval; however upon further consultations and gaining a better understanding of his position in a meeting with former President Kufuor, they have gained a better understanding of his position.
The group however maintains on holding a demonstration on Tuesday to protest the swearing in of President Mahama.
Below is the full statement by the Young Patriots.
YOUNG PATRIOTS STEP DOWN OUR PROTEST AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENT KUFOUR
The Young Patriots after a closed door meeting with former President Kufour have decided to step down our protest against his attending the inauguration of President Mahama on 7th January.
Our initial reaction was one of shock and disapproval; however upon further consultations and gaining a better understanding of his position in the meeting, we are satisfied with the position of the President though his and our position that President Mahama in collusion with Dr Afari Djan rigged the election still holds.
Our demonstration on 8th January 2013, to protest the swearing in of President Mahama still stands and we will present a petition to donor partners and foreign missions to the effect that the NDC and President Mahama will not accept the decision of the Supreme Court when judgment is delivered.
We are by this press statement calling on all our supporters to step down any effort aimed at preventing the former President from attending the event. He has our full support as he seeks to serve the national interest.
Any inconvenience caused him and the New Patriotic Party is deeply regretted.