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Politics of Sunday, 3 February 2019


Mahama must apologize for his ‘boot for boot’ comment - Peace Council Chairman

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante has called on former President John Dramani Mahama to apologise to the nation for saying the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will match the governing New Patriotic Party boot-for-boot with violence in the 2020 polls.
According to him, as a former head of state, he should have known better.

“If he said that, I would want to say that President Mahama, with all humility, I will plead with him to apologise to the nation. In making that statement, he has really created fear in the hearts of people and it’s not just President Mahama I will say this to, I want to say this to all our leaders, people we are looking up to in this nation; that under such circumstances one would expect that they will be the voice of wisdom, a voice that will calm tension, a voice that will help Ghanaians to be able to say: Indeed, we have leaders. So, please let’s be very careful about these things that we say” Rev Asante said in an interview on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Friday.

The former President while reacting to the alleged attack on NDC members during the by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency on Thursday, intimated: “we are not going to joke in 2020 and I’m sounding a warning to the NPP – we are going to match them boot for boot”

“NDC has revolutionary rules and that when it comes to unleashing violence, nobody can beat us in unleashing violence; it is just that we midwifed Ghana’s democracy and so we must be the first to respect Ghana’s democracy and that is why we are acting as a party that is very docile and respecting the rule of law but if we believe that the government cannot protect our people…then we would have to advise ourselves” he added.

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