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General News of Monday, 14 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Let’s stand up against NDC’s bullying – Nana Addo

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has condemned reported attacks at his Nima residence by some members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Nana Addo, who described the attack as an “intimidation” from the NDC, urged members of his party and Ghanaians as a whole to “stand up against the bully.” “We urge all political parties and Ghanaians committed to promoting peace and deepening our democracy to work with us in securing these ends.

Ghanaian democrats, no matter their party affiliation, should stand shoulder to shoulder to defend and promote the aims of our democratic Republic that also include standing up against the bully. Let the President and his army of propaganda warriors be assured that they would not succeed in their intimidation and deliberate propaganda mongering against the NPP and I,” he added.

Confusion broke out between some supporters of both the NDC and NPP in front of the residence the Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, during a health walk organized by the NDC. Both parties have accused each other of a gunshot heard at the place.

Nana Addo in a statement, recounted how members of his party in the Brong Ahafo Region and other parts of the country were brutalized by the NDC; adding that the NDC members resorted to such actions because they usually go unpunished.

“Unfortunately, these savage attacks against our party activists have gone unpunished, with the perpetrators of these acts walking free. We have protested the apparently selective manner in which the law is being applied against those perceived to be political opponents of the current government.

The police have looked on unconcerned, and the President of the land has not on a single occasion, condemned any of these brutal acts by his Ministers. Is it then a surprise that NDC footsoldiers have become emboldened to extend these attacks to all parts of the country?”


Below is the full statement:

AKUFO-ADDO CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON HIS RESIDENCE, URGES CALM

Sunday, November 13, 2016, was a sad day in our nation’s history. On that day, the Ghanaian people saw a most unbecoming sight: the home of the leader of Ghana’s biggest opposition party being attacked by supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress government. One would, ordinarily, have treated it as a one-off spectacle, in spite of the nature of the attack. However, my 4-day tour of the Brong Ahafo Region, has revealed a rather disturbing trend, leading up to this year’s elections.

In Sankore, on Thursday, October 10, I witnessed, at firsthand, the open brutalization of NPP members. Prior to my visit, two NPP members had been brutally murdered by NDC thugs. The scars of intimidation and assault by thugs recruited by Hon. Eric Opoku, MP for the constituency and Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, are still evident. In Asutifi South, a few kilometres away, another Minister in President Mahama’s government, Hon. Collins Dauda, MP, is also perpetrating violence against his own constituents.

Ghanaians heard on the radio comments made by the brother of Hon. Collins Dauda to the effect that he kills people on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these savage attacks against our party activists have gone unpunished, with the perpetrators of these acts walking free. We have protested the apparently selective manner in which the law is being applied against those perceived to be political opponents of the current government.

The police have looked on unconcerned, and the President of the land has not, on a single occasion, condemned any of these brutal acts by his Ministers. Is it then a surprise that NDC footsoldiers have become emboldened to extend these attacks to all parts of the country? For us in the NPP, the peace of the nation, as well as the consolidation of our democratic governance are not negotiable.

We urge all political parties and Ghanaians committed to promoting peace and deepening our democracy to work with us in securing these ends. Ghanaian democrats, no matter their party affiliation, should stand shoulder to shoulder to defend and promote the aims of our democratic Republic that also include standing up against the bully.

Let the President and his army of propaganda warriors be assured that they would not succeed in their intimidation and deliberate propaganda mongering against the NPP and I. We shall continue to believe in Ghana.

We will muster the necessary courage to defend democratic Ghana and continue in our peaceful quest to win power in 2016 and bring back hope and opportunities to the people of Ghana, irrespective of their politics, creed, ethnicity, region, religion, age, gender or social status.

……signed……

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

2016 NPP Presidential Candidate