The Progressive People?s Party (PPP) has stated unequivocally that in order to maintain peace and security in the country there is a need for Ghanaians to reject National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party coming 2016 elections.
IMG_20150522_095559The Party also indicated that the winner-take all mentality does not allow citizens and oppositions parties to participate in the political process fully.
This is a governance deficit that needs to be dealt with.
With all the political positions, being the Assemblyman, District Chief Executive, Members of Parliament and the president and the MMDCE that controls the purse and therefore have the ability to affect people?s lives directly with projects and developmental activities in all communities.
The National chairman of Progressive People?s Party Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, made this remark at a press conference on the recent violence in Ghanaian politics following the killing of the the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party(PPP).
?The two evils must be rejected and avoided like plagues if Ghana is to see peace as a result of good governance which translates into sustainable development and wellbeing of her people? , he added.

According to him, the use of violence by NDC and NPP to settle intra and inter party disputes, most often with the full approval of their leaders; can be traced to the nation?s governance system of ?winner takes all which makes government sweet and opposition bitter.
The PPP remains committed to stopping the ?Winner takes all ? system through institutional reforms to reduce the powers of the president by introducing amendments to the 1992 Constitution that will make three critical changes for progress in Ghana?,.

?With the poor performance of the current NDC administration ahead of the 2016 elections, a careful analysis of the posture and utterances of the NPP points to the erroneous belief that the electorate would automatically give them the mandate as the lesser of the two evils, which seems to be fuelling the desire of the factions within the party to state their claims before power arrives? , he said.
This he said, any party that does not see the need for reforms does not deserve the mandate of people in 2016.
?We therefore maintain the need to: Prohibit Members of Parliament from being appointed as Ministers of State; Return power to the people for all Ghanaians to directly elect their district, municipals and metropolitan Chief Executives without any interference from President and to the strengthen the office of the Attorney-General by separating it from the Ministry of Justice.
However, the Party therefore seized the opportunity to express their profound condolence to the wife, children, and the family of the deceased and sympathizes with the NPP as a party as well.

Adding that, incidence is clear case of murder which should trigger the process of investigations to arrest the perpetrators and punish them as well so that it could serve as a deterrent to others who might indulge such a barbaric act.

Below is their full statement:

PROGRESSIVE PEOPLE?S PARTY (PPP) PRESS CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE IN GHANAIAN POLITICS FOLLOWING THE KILLING OF THE UPPER EAST REGIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (PPP).

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press:
Circumstances under which the Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Adam Mahama, lost his life yesterday have compelled us to hold this press briefing to condemn the act of barbarism and press home, the need for Ghanaians to be awake and vigilant to reject the institutionalization of violence in our body politic, which if allowed to continue would become a monster that would eat all of us up.
Once again, the PPP extends our deepest condolences to the wife, children, and family of the deceased and sympathizes with the NPP as a party.
Crime of Murder:
As the facts show, pouring of corrosive acid on the NPP Regional Chairman by two men, resulting in his death, is a clear case of murder which should trigger the process of investigations, arrests, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators to serve as a deterrent to others who might contemplate the commission of such crimes in future.
But the outcome of investigations into similar crimes dressed in political party colors in our recent past gives the PPP the impression that this murder case might travel the same path. Our fears are based on our belief that, two political parties – NPP and NDC are nurturing and growing political fundamentalism in Ghana.
Irate youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) attacked Tamale-based Radio Justice, an affiliate of the Multimedia Group, burning down three vehicles and five motorbikes belonging to the staff last year. The Tamale Central Deputy Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Ahmed Faisal, who escaped the attack at the radio station, lived in fear for some time and will forever live in fear.
Not too long ago, the National Headquarters of the NPP was the scene of a shameful, lowering of standards in political engagement when some members of the party rejected reason, common sense and lawful procedure in resolving their intra party conflict by resorting to violence. Is this not the beginning of ?Boko Haram? in Ghana?

Motivation to Violence:
The use of violence by NDC and NPP to settle intra and inter party disputes, most often with the full approval of their leaders; can be traced to the nation?s governance system of ?winner takes all? which makes ?government sweet and opposition bitter?.

With the poor performance of the current NDC administration ahead of the 2016 elections, a careful analysis of the posture and utterances of the NPP points to the erroneous belief that the electorate would automatically give them the mandate as the lesser of two evils, which seems to be fuelling the desire of the factions within the party to state their claims before power arrives.

Reject NDC and NPP:
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, the PPP is duty bound as the credible alternative to the NDC and NPP to caution Ghanaians against retaining the equally violent, non-performing NDC or returning the violent power drunk NPP to power in the 2016 elections. The two evils must be rejected and avoided like plagues if Ghana is to see peace as a result of good governance which translates into sustainable development and wellbeing of her people.

We call on all to see the killing of Alhaji Adams Mahama as a politically motivated crime, as part of the internal power struggle for the spine and soul of the opposition NPP, which can easily be extended to the national level, should they be given power in 2016.

The PPP remains committed to stopping the ?winner takes all? system through institutional reforms to reduce the powers of the president by introducing amendments to the 1992 Constitution that will make three critical changes for progress in Ghana. . We enjoin all stakeholders in our democracy to take these reforms seriously to avoid plunging our dear mother land into chaos.

The winner-take-all mentality does not allow citizens and opposition parties to participate in the political process fully. This is a governance deficit that needs to be dealt with. With all the political positions, being the Assemblyman, District Chief Executive, Members of Parliament and the President, it is only the presidency and the MMDCE that control the purse and therefore have the ability to affect people?s lives directly with projects and developmental activities in our communities.

Just imagine a PPP government with one hundred elected DCEs, with NDC having 58 DCEs elected and NPP with 58 elected DCEs, where will the desperation come from?

We believe this system will reduce the desperation, the fighting, the violence, the beatings, the maiming and the killings. We make these assertions because the disbursement of funds for the development at the local level is done by parliament based on an approved formula and not based on partisan politics.

We must hasten to add that any party that does not see the need for reforms does not deserve the mandate of the people in 2016

We therefore maintain the need to:

1. Prohibit Members of Parliament from being appointed as Minsters of State
2. Return power to the people for all Ghanaians to directly elect their district, municipal and metropolitan chief executives without any interference from the President
3. Strengthen the office of Attorney-General by separating it from the Ministry of Justice;
On the reforms note, we would like to once again sympathize with the NPP for their loss and extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the late Alhaji Mahama.
We are grateful for your presence and attention.
May the red bright sun shine on mother Ghana.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/spyGhana.com

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