The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken a dig at opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate hopeful and former president, John Dramani Mahama for what they say is his desperate quest for power which has turned him into a liar.
At a press conference addressed by the NPP National Communications Director, Yaw Buabeng Asamoa, the party said such desperation being exhibited by the former president should not justify the peddling of falsehoods about the country’s security to the international community.
‘’Why is former President Mahama so desperate for power? Can that desperation be justified by peddling falsehoods about security in Ghana to the international community? Especially when he appears to be the inspiration for such violence within his own party? Is he sincere about contributing to the peace, stability and hence prosperity of this nation? Especially since he has led the country before and seeks to lead again?’’ the party said.
The party notes that the former president and the leadership of the NDC’s recent posturing and pronouncements on security, institutions and procedures is a deliberate ploy to paint a picture of political violence in the country.
‘’Former President Mahama and the current NDC party leaderships’ flip flopping on security and the institutions and procedures that keep all of us safe can be said to expose a deliberate agenda to infuse a sense of political violence and fear of elections on the country. Hence the orchestrated escalation of the unfortunate and regrettable incidents of the by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon through pronouncements of distrust of the Police and refusal to appear before the Short Commission, culminating in the false labelling of videos to the diplomatic community’’ the party opined.
They continued that ‘’exposed by the ongoing incidents of NDC violence on NDC, the former President and his pliant party leadership have suddenly had an apostolic moment. They have found and renewed their faith in the Police. Interestingly, they are also involved in an intricate but incongruous dance of officially boycotting and attending and commenting on the proceedings of the Short Commission at the same time’’.
The NPP added that ‘’only the politically confused National Democratic Congress can sustain this dance. We, the New Patriotic Party, are different. The NPP is different from the NDC. Given the same set of governance challenges, whether of ideology, leadership style, institutional respect and reform, economic management, social inclusion, citizen responsiveness, accountability and electoral process integrity, the NPP, though far less longer cumulatively in government than the NDC, performs far better in the interests of Ghana. The immediate instance of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election demonstrates this. Whilst the President condemned the violence, John Mahama encouraged violence, threatening ‘boot for boot’ and claiming superiority in the use of violence. When the President responded to public concern with a Commission of Inquiry, John Mahama rubbished the eminent persons and chose to peddle cheap falsehoods to the diplomatic community’’.