By Julian Owusu-Abedi

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has vehemently condemned what it considers a threatening and most unfortunate statement to have come from ?caretaker? deputy minister of the Interior, Mr. Kobby Acheampong.

The ?caretaker? deputy minister is reported  to have made statements to the effect that, President Mahama could decree a curfew and have the leadership of the NPP arbitrarily arrested.

He made these comments during his encounter with Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, a deputy communications director of the NPP on a political talk show on Metro TV?s Good morning Ghana proramme yesterday.

Reacting to the said a statement, Mr. Yaw Buabeng described Kobby Acheampong?s effusions as reckless and violent, especially coming from a member of the ruling government because of its potential to  destabilize the country.

He said ?Ghana is under the rule of law. The President is NOT a dictator who rules by decree and cannot arrest citizens arbitrarily. The people have a right to protection from the state as they express themselves through speech or in demonstrations. No amount of intimidation or threats to impose an illegal curfew, arrest the NPP leadership arbitrarily or crush peaceful demonstrations will stop the resolve of the people of Ghana to reverse the grievous scandal of an election that appears to have corrupted the true will of the citizens of Ghana in the 2012 Presidential election.?

Again, he emphasized that the NPP would like to re-echo the statement of fact that Ghana is under the rule of law and every government is subject to law and duty bound to protect its citizens? adding that?no amount of threats to law-abiding citizens would operate to bring back the dark days of a police state that the NDC hopes would deflect attention from the electoral scandal pending in the Supreme Court of Ghana.?

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