General News of Thursday, 10 November 2016
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has asked President John Mahama to call his Ministers for Local Government and Sports, Collins Dauda and Nii Lantey Vaderpuye to order, over some comments he considers an attacks on members of the NPP.
According to Akufo-Addo, the President has told the world that, Ghana is very peaceful, yet “in his cabinet, around the cabinet table at which he is presiding, are people who are to be instigated for violence – purveyors of violence, sitting around his cabinet table.” “He doesn’t care.
He doesn’t have the strength of character to reprimand them, and tell them to stop what they are doing. He is simply looking on unconcerned. Does this mean he endorses this kind of conduct?” Akufo-Addo made the comment while campaigning at Hwidiem in the Asutifi South Constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region, on Thursday.
Akufo-Addo made the comment on the back of what he calls consistent attacks against NPP members in Asutifi South, allegedly being perpetrated by Collins Dauda, who also is the Member of Parliament for the area, as well as a recent assault on NPP members in the Odododiodioo Constituency, allegedly led by Nii Lante Vanderpuye.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that, this kind of leadership, being displayed by President Mahama, is not the kind needed to move Ghana forward and return the country on the path of progress and prosperity.
“No one should see himself or herself above the law. We don’t want any trouble in Ghana. Those who think that violence, through the use of guns and machetes is the only path to which they can succeed, should have a good rethink, because it will not succeed, he added.”
The NPP Presidential Candidate further rebuked Collins Daudu for the attacks in the Asutifi South constituency. “You [Collins Dauda] are contesting a woman, and you’re having to employ guns, harmful weapons and the use of macho men in order to win? It is a shame and a disgrace.
What kind of a man are you then? You are employing all of these shameful tactics, not against a fellow man, but, against a woman. This is a disgrace. When such things happen, it means you have already lost,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo further urged the constituents to vote massively for the NPP in the upcoming polls on December 7. “Until the ballots are cast and counted, we should not be complacent. If you want change, you have to go and vote for the change,” he charged.