Politics of Friday, 17 August 2012
A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Brong-Ahafo Region, on Thursday said the only way Ghanaians could honour the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills, is to rally together and strive for peace in the upcoming general election.
“As a man of peace, our former president preached peace and died for peace,” Mr. Frank Opoku Adjapong told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani.
He emphasized that all Ghanaians irrespective of one’s political, tribal and religious sentiments must endeavour to ensure that the peaceful and sound atmosphere that characterized the sudden demise of Prof. Mills should be maintained, as the election drew closer.
Mr. Adjapong, a businessman, said the responsibility lies on every Ghanaian to avoid and openly condemn politicians and political parties whose remarks and activities could jeopardize the prevailing peace and tranquility currently being enjoyed in the country.
He stated that the departed soul of the late Prof. Mills would not rest in perfect peace, if the impending general election was characterized with violence and hostilities.
Mr. Adajpong said the NPP in the region would not be in any position to support any party activist or member who would go contrary to the electoral laws, especially during the electioneering campaign, but would allow the law to take its course.
He advised members of the party to behave and conduct themselves well and guard against statements that could inflame passions.
The NPP leading member appreciated and recognized the efforts of President John Dramani Mahama towards peace building and expressed the optimism that the president and for that matter the National Democratic Congress “will practice what they preach”.
Mr. Adjapong said Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo, NPP presidential candidate and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia stood for peace in the 2008 election and expected that other political party leaders would also play leading roles in that direction.
Describing Dr. Bawumia as “a big brain”, the NPP member emphasized that the renowned economist had the competence to help transform Ghana’s economy for rapid socio-economic growth and entreated Ghanaians to vote for the NPP in December.