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General News of Saturday, 29 November 2008

Source: GNA

Woe unto anyone to spill Ghanaian blood for power-NDC

Accra, Nov. 29, GNA - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Thursday warned that anyone who would spill the blood of a Ghanaian during the December polls for political power would pay dearly for it. It said anyone who would do that would not be painting the picture of the democratic height the country had attained both nationally and internationally and that, as much as the NDC handed power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) peacefully, it should also graciously hand over power to any political party that won the election.

The NDC said, "free elections do not stand alone, it should be free from fear, intimidation and coercion and that this country was handed over to the NPP freely, united and peaceful". The party also asked its supporters to be disciplined and abide by the electoral laws and to remain vigilant on the election day so that the peoples verdict is not stolen.

Mr. John Dramani Mahama, Vice Presidential candidate of the NDC and other principal speakers underscored these views at a youth forum in Accra. Mr. Mahama said elections are civil rights issues and that for a police commander to say that anyone who caused trouble at the polling stations would be shot was the most ridiculous statement to be made by a peace officer.

Dr. Ekwow Spio-Gabrah a leading member of the NDC said; "The NDC would hold the NPP thoroughly responsible for any problems in the December elections".

He said it was the responsibility of the NPP government to ensure a trouble free elections and that it was bogus that there was a call for the NPP to sit down with the NDC to negotiate for peaceful polls. Dr Spio-Gabrah said during the NDC era, when the Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced it organized demonstrations upon demonstration like "kumipreko, wiemepreko and siemepreko just to make sure that the good things that the NDC wanted to do was blocked so that it could not take credit for any development projects.

"Now that the NPP has had Ghana's debt written off of 41 trillion cedis, a debt accumulated from the Kwame Nkrumah regime up to 2000 written off following the completion point of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), the NPP has within eight years of governance incurred more than 91 trillion cedis in debt", he said.

Dr Spio-Gabrah said these were some of the question the media and Ghanaians should be asking government of what was done with the 750 million dollars it raised from the sovereign bond it floated on the international market.

Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, National Youth Organizer of the NDC asked what was the usefulness of the NPP government of selling the national Fibre Optic backbone with the Ghana Telecom to Vodafone when in its manifesto, it said the facility would improve Information Communication Technology in education.

He said a similar fraudulent thing was done to the Volta Aluminum Company (VALCO) when parliament was deceived into approving the VALCO sales agreement only to realize a few hours later that the transaction was a sham.

Mr Fiifi Kwetey, National Propaganda Secretary of the party told the youth that the future belonged to them and that they would be destroying that fortune if they voted the wrong party into power. Madam Hannah Tetteh, Communication Director of the party said she entered parliament at a time that the NPP was vigorously campaigning against the NDC and especially on human rights and wondered why the NPP would not find justice for those who killed the Yaa Naa Andani, king of Dagomba, Issah Mobila and the recent arson victims of Gushiegu in the Northern Region.

She urged Ghanaians to vote for Prof. Evans Atta Mills and the NDC to come into power to unite the country and bring peace and development as was the wish of all Ghanaians.

Mr Elvis Ankrah, Deputy National Secretary of the NDC warned polling agents to refrain from taking water or eating food that would be provided them during their monitoring exercise to avoid being poisoned. Earlier, the Dansoman Youth Choir sang melodious songs to usher in the NDC officials while a group called Children's Group from Adenta near Accra staged a choreography with military precision and handed over the flag of Ghana to Mr. John Mahama.

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