General News of Saturday, 8 September 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

PPP Wants Prez Mahama To Condemn Boateng-Gyan For Comments

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called on President John Dramani Mahama and the National Security to condemn Yaw Boateng-Gyan for his alleged comments made on tape that has the tendency to undermine the peace in the country.

The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) National Organiser was allegedly captured on tape currently plotting to use state security apparatus to further the course of the NDC in the December elections.

“We call on the President and the National Security to publicly condemn the conduct and comments of Yaw Boateng-Gyan to assure all Ghanaians that the 2012 elections will be free, transparent, violence-free and fair.

“We need a restoration of confidence in the security agencies and we trust that they will act professionally and impartially at all times”, the PPP said in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw.

It said in this election year, it was important for state institutions to act in a manner that would ensure free and fair elections.

The statement said the PPP was disturbed by the continuous blatant abuse of incumbency by the ruling NDC, pointing out that “this latest attempt to use state security apparatus to further the course of the NDC cannot be accepted by any well-meaning Ghanaian or organisation”.

“The national security agencies do not exist to promote the agenda or support the election campaign of any political party, let alone the National Democratic Congress”, it noted.

The statement said while the president was calling on Ghanaians to maintain the peace and unity in the country, he refused to act and remained silent when members of his party were engaged in “all sorts of nefarious activities” which threatened the peace and security of the country.

“Mr Boateng-Gyan's comments represent a serious indictment on the reputation and professionalism of the National Security. The suggestion that a party's official can arrange for National Security identification cards to be issued to promote a party's activities is mind-boggling”, it indicated.

The statement recalled that during the recent biometric voters registration exercise, the conduct of Nii Lantey Vanderpuye threatened the peace in the Odododiodoo Constituency but the Presidential Staffer was not reprimanded by the presidency and the police did not take any action against him.

“Mr Mahama's deafening silence on these matters raises serious questions as to whether, indeed, he is committed to peace and unity in this country. We wish to remind President Mahama of our open challenge to ensure transparency, accountability and incorruptible leadership”, the statement said.