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Columnist: Jackson, Margaret

NPP Apology: Too Little, Too Late

By Margaret Jackson

December 13, 2012

For many, many years many journalists in Ghana have adopted the NPP as their favourite party, thus heavily tilting stories in favour of the NPP. It started during the reign of JA Kufuor and did not stop when the NPP went into opposition following the 2008 elections.

It is a fact that for the past four years that the NPP had been in the political wilderness, it had been paying some key journalists to do their biddings for them. We know them all and they cut across the various media houses. In fact these journalists have not ceased to amaze many Ghanaians with their slanted reportage which had always gone the way of the NPP.

Do you know the reason why the President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Mr. Ransford Tetteh who also doubles as the Editor of the Daily Graphic could not condemn the NPP for attacking some members of the media houses but deferred to his deputy? He is one of journalists who work for the NPP.

Therefore, it would have been suicidal for Ransford Tetteh to openly condemn the violence that the NPP supporters unleashed on some media houses and the public following the political beatings that the NPP Flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo received at the hands of President Mahama in the just ended 2012 elections.

Some vehicles belonging to some media houses were attacked and destroyed by irate supporters of the NPP, whilst some of their personnel had to run for their dear lives. But strangely enough, these media houses were so much afraid to call a spade a spade. Instead of them telling the whole world which party supporters were behind those attacks, these media houses whose vehicles were destroyed whilst their personnel sought refuge, openly stated that the attacks emanated from some supporters of a certain political party. They were too afraid to mention the NPP for fear of losing their monthly stipend.

Within this week Ghanaians have been given a peek into the mindset and character trait of Akufo-Addo who stood by as his supporters brutalized innocent Ghanaian citizens into submission. Some were so unlucky and met their untimely deaths.

An example is the taxi driver from Teshie/Nungua whose only crime was having stickers of the NDC on his taxi. When some NPP thugs hired his taxi and saw the stickers on his car they hatched a plan and brutally killed him. Is this the kind of country that we want?

Another individual with an NDC Tee Shirt was also stabbed at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle by NPP supporters and had been hospitalized. We also have four jubilating NDC supporters who were ran over and killed at East Legon when the Electoral Commission declared the results in favour of the NDC.

In the midst of these senseless attacks on innocent Ghanaians, we are yet to hear from the Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference, the Christian Council of Ghana and the National Peace Council of Ghana. It had only been some pockets of Ghanaians who have openly come out to condemn these brutish acts by the NPP supporters.

That is why the NPP leadership only realized on Thursday December 13 that these barbaric acts by their supporters have the potential of creating serious negative effects for the NPP. As a result, the NPP have started issuing apologies which I think it’s too little, too late.

The harm is done. Those who have been murdered cannot be brought back to life. The lives of those who have been maimed cannot return to normal. And those who have lost their parents, friends and relatives can never erase these brutal acts by the NPP from their minds. The NPP which rushed to pronounce that they have evidence that they were robbed in the elections are now saying that they have no evidence yet and that they are now trying to piece some evidence together. Please watch this party which badly wants to rule the country at all cost.

The image of the NPP has tanked in the eyes of even die-hard NPP supporters. Many people who have read the mind of Akufo-Addo are saying that this is the man who wants to brutalize Ghanaians to crown him the president of Ghana when everything points to the fact that he lost the election.

We don’t need any apology from the NPP. They should rather feel sorry for themselves. I wonder what kind of planet these people come from. Their only focus in life bothers on two things: Money & Power.

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