NPP chastises Mahama over violence threat

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The governing New Patriotic Party has chastised former President John Mahama for threatening to unleash mayhem on the NPP in the 2020 general elections.

John Mahama who was unhappy with the turn of events at the just ended by-election held at the Ayawaso West Wuogon following the attack on some NDC members said they will meet NPP boot for boot in the 2016 polls if the governing party does not tame its vigilante groups to desist from causing unprovoked attacks in the country.

“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. I want to sound a caution that NDC has a revolutionary root and when it comes to unleashing violence no one can beat us to that.”

“It is just that we midwifed this country’s democracy and that is why we must be the first to respect it. That is why we are acting like a party that is docile and respecting the rule of law. But if we believe that the government cannot protect our people and we believe that the government is using its vigilante groups and illegal forces to intimidate and harass and injure our people, then we may have to advise ourselves,” he added.

But the governing party is not enthused with the former president’s threats.

“The NPP, in the light of this, condemns unreservedly, the comments of former President John Dramani Mahama, who is threatening to unleash mayhem in the country in election 2020. The former president clearly admitted the violent nature of his party and emphatically stated that ‘when it comes to unleashing violence, no one can beat the NDC in unleashing violence’,” the NPP said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, John Boadu.

“We wish to tell the former president that the NPP is not, will not, and cannot compete with his NDC in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people. Of course, unlike them, we, in the NPP, do not have a revolutionary root, as he stated. We, however, wish to remind the former president and his NDC that citizens reserve the right to defend themselves even as the security agencies are always poised to deal with trouble causes in accordance with law,” he added.

The governing party also joined numerous calls in condemning the violence recorded on Thursday during a by-election.

According to the NPP, the party is founded on the principles of the rule of law and will not tolerate any form of violence.

The NPP also said it remains committed to assisting the police in investigating the shooting incident at Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency and ensure the culprits are made to face the full rigors of the law.

The NPP in the statement also congratulated its candidate for the parliamentary by-election, Lydia Seyiram Alhassan for winning the seat and also thanked party supporters for coming out to vote.

The NPP, also assured Ghanaians that it will not under any circumstances engage in any activity aimed at creating violence in the country.

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