Nana Akomea warns Asiedu Nketia's NDC

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Much as it has some level of confidence in the officers and men of the Ghana Police Service, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said their actions and inactions could spell doom for the nation before, during and after the 2012 general elections.

The communications director of the party, Nana Akomea, has asked government and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to get its hands off the security establishment.

At a press conference in Accra yesterday, Akomea said, “If the police do not act or are not allowed to so act, the peace, safety and security of the elections will be compromised.”

He was reacting to a similar press conference organised by the NDC last week at which its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, virtually presented the NPP as a violent party.

Nana Akomea, who is also the incumbent Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, cited several instances in which the police had failed to act on crimes perpetrated by supporters and members of the current administration to buttress his point, with incidents in the Odododiodoo constituency as the most recent case in reference.

Others included the alleged violence visited on NPP supporters during the by-elections at Atiwa, Akwatia and the shooting of their supporters at Chereponi, and the NDC, on Radio Gold, inciting its supporters who later besieged the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC) for days, wielding all sorts of dangerous weapons, chanting war songs and terrorising innocent Ghanaians in the heat of the 2008 elections.

He also recalled the brutalisation and killings of his party supporters in Agbogloshie right in front of a police station.

Quite apart from that, the NPP communication chief said, “there are available pictures of ‘Azorka Boys’ in pickups at Atiwa, video footage of the shooting in Chereponi, but no action has been taken as we speak”.

According to Nana Akomea, they did not delight in any blame game or equalisation, accusations and counter accusations, adding that the police should be firm and fair to all parties. He also expressed faith in the recent assurance by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Paul Tawiah Quaye.

The opposition party wondered why the NDC government worried about the ‘Bamba Boys’ but did not care about its own ‘Azorka Boys!’ and calls to self-defence, but not the cause, noting, “Our leaders and supporters in their statements and actions have in most cases reacted to the actions and statements coming from leaders and supporters of the NDC.”

The NPP believed that “this cycle can be stopped when the law enforcement officers, particularly the police, do or are allowed to perform their duty in a timely, fair, even handed and professional manner”.

Nana Akomea cited instances where NDC chieftains had virtually called for war on Ghanaian people but nobody was arrested.

“Mr. Ohene Agyekum, then Ashanti Regional Chairman at a delegates’ conference in Obuasi said ‘Ghana will burn to ashes if the NPP wins the election’,” he stated.

Source Daily Guide Ghana


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