The ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP), has accused former president and flag bearer of the NDC, John Mahama of preparing the minds of Northern NDC for violence against elections, 2020 regarding to his recent statement that the NDC will not accept flawed results in the 2020 elections.
The NPP sees the statement as bizarre coming from a former president who has held virtually every sensitive political position in this country.
The NPP made these comments during a press conference held in Tamale on Thursday, June 11, 2020 which was read by Mr Mohammed Issah, the Savannah Regional Communication’s Director on behalf of the five (5) Northern Regional Directors of Communicators who accused the former president of beating “war drums” who desperately wants to misgovern.
Read the full press release by the five Northern Regional Directors of Communications below;
JOHN MAHAMA, ASEIDU NKETIA PREPARES NORTHERN NDC FOR
VIOLENCE AGAINST ELECTION 2020 – PRESS CONFERENCE BY FIVE (5)
NORTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTORS OF COMMUNICATIONS
Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, thank you so much for honouring our invitation even at such short notice. We are once again called to duty and to protect the sovereignty of this nation whiles ensuring a peaceful atmosphere for Northerners and Ghanaians at large.
The Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Candidate Mahama has yet again proven to the world that he and his party are not ready for this year’s polls. He has sent yet a strong notice, that the NDC under his leadership shall reject the 2020 election results in the most likely event they lose. This is so bizarre coming from a former President who has held virtually every sensitive political position in this country. Candidate Mahama has proven to be the worse statesman to have ascended to
the highest office of the land.
It is terrible to hear a former President and now Presidential Candidate beat war drums at such a crucial hour over elections. No former President in the history of our land has been this reckless and insensitive to the people he desperately wants to misgovern. The
recent call to violence and subsequent rejection of the 2020 polls by the NDC and Candidate Mahama is worrying and repugnant. Most especially coming from a supposed Northerner; Northerners who otherwise are seen as largely peaceful and law-abiding. The Former President has shown clearly that the North is only meant for electoral violence and electoral malpractices. He has clearly vindicated the long-held view of many critics that the development of the North is not his priority but only for electoral successes.
What have the Northern people done to candidate Mahama to merit such attitude that has the tendency of blocking the chances of well-meaning and fully baked Northern politicians to occupy the high office of the land? His attitude these days is very dangerous to the development of northern politics unless candidate Mahama is telling us that he is self centered.
The General Secretary of the opposition NDC, Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia was also
earlier in the Northern part of the country for the last one week in preparation for
violence so to catch the eye of Candidate Mahama for the Vice Presidential slot of the NDC. The Chief Scribe of the incompetent NDC and his executives that simply failed to collate electoral results for the 2016 general elections have been in the North to prepare the grounds for disrupting the well-advertised New Voter’s Register. These warmongers who have shamefully revised their campaign from “No new Register” to “No new Register without old Voter ID” are trotting across the region to plot violence.
The most worrying trend Candidate Mahama and his opposition NDC has consistently engaged in is the employment of our Northern brothers in the NDC to perpetuate violence whenever they plan to do so.
It is common knowledge that the NDC is in court to challenge the legitimacy of the EC to compile a New Voter Register. Earlier, they had engaged the services of some self-seeking individuals from minority parties like Mr Bernard Mornah and other surrogatesto Organize various lawful fora to put forward their claims on this matter. Their embattled National Communication officer had also organized a series of Press engagements to do same. Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, all these lawful activities
were carried out in the southern sector of the country.
On the contrary, the People of the North have been engaged by Candidate Mahama and his NDC in rather the most bizarre violent activities in our immediate and past history. Even when it has to be done in any part of the country, our Northern NDC brothers are used for such nefarious activities whiles candidate Mahama and his family and few friends enjoy from the booties that may be associated with the said activities. A few examples would suffice;
As we all heard and saw in the Commission’ seating of the famous Ayawaso West Wuagon incident, the violence was started and engineered by the NDC through the well-known “Azoka boys”. These boys are managed by the National Vice Chairman of the NDC. Again, the last demonstration that visited thuggery and violence on the Residents of Tamale and its environs was meant for ONLY Northerners and so was done in the North. Unlike the peaceful one that took place in Accra and Kumasi, the
Tamale episode was well calculated for violence and same was executed by Northern NDC youth.
In a similar fashion, the NDC and its National Executives led by the Chief scribe visited Upper East, Northern Region, Savannah and Upper West Regions to prepare them to unleash violence in the upcoming Voter Registration exercise.
In Tamale, they visited a section of the “Shishagu” abattoir which is a well-known NDC youth group and made several promises including equipping them for the job at hand. Similar groups as “Aluta boys” and “Azoka boys” were met behind closed doors for same agenda. Joshua Akamba, the National Organiser of the NDC was later engaged to release sets of ammunition to these youth groups to carry out the NDC agenda.
One of the rival Chiefs to the Nantong skin was also visited and a specific promise was made to get him into Nantong either by hook or crook. This is bizarre and a strenuously wicked attempt by Candidate Mahama and his NDC to get the Northern Region back to its dark days. The NDC comfort is when the North is on flames and so shall they ensure the same for their benefit.
The same admonishment has been replicated in almost all the Regions in the North by the NDC and in preparation towards engaging the NDC thugs to disrupt the registration process with violence. Must we always be seen as conduits to the electoral fortunes of
Candidate Mahama and his NDC? Are Northern NDC youth only fit for violence? The North must rather see massive development as happening but not be used as tools to violence to sustain the political survival of a man who simply failed to create a Region to wipe the tears of his forefathers.
The youth in the North are simply Proud that our pride as Northerners is back.
Dagbang can pride itself of an overload that is well respected by all sides of the then rival gates. We have several road projects ongoing in the Northern Region including the first-ever interchange in the North (Tamale). The Bimbila – Yendi road and the second phase of the Tamale airport project.
The Youth of Gonjaland are proud and thankful to President Akufo-Addo for listening to our over 40 years cry to have a Region. Our own brother who takes TZ with us said it was not possible. Three (3) critical roads, Salaga-Kpandai, Bunjai-Fufulso, and the Almighty Daboya-Mankarigu-Wiasi roads are being fixed alongside water for Kpembewura, Yapeiwura and Yagbonwura are our pride.
The Mamprugu youth can pride itself of the fixed Cheriponi, Bunkpurugu, Nalerigu, Gambaga and Walewale town roads. The new Mamprugu Region has Walewale, Gbimsi, Gambaga and Nalerigu town water projects almost completed.
The youth of Upper West are excited over the massive road projects especially the Wa-Bulenga and Wahabu-Funsi-Yaala No.1 roads that are impacting on our lives. The completion of our revered Regional Hospital that was never completed after the exit of H.E former President Kufuor is a great achievement under a visionary leader in President Akufo Addo.
The youth of Upper East will rather pontificate the single biggest project in recent times and a legacy of President Abudani I in the country; the Pwalugu Multi-Purpose Dam. The Almighty Bolga– Bawku Road that has seen little or no attention by almost all successive governments is on course to completion under this government.
May we humbly avert the minds of the media to an equally dangerous strenuous
attempt by the NDC to sponsor a coup plot. We have read some clandestine threats at the security agencies not to enforce the law in the event they unleashed their arsenals on innocent Ghanaians. Let it be known, that the sudden manufacture of phantoms groups to draft limbless petitions to our revered Chiefs in an attempt to create some non-existing tension will fail. The Chiefs know better.
We are finally calling on the Ghana Police Service, Civil Society Organizations,
concerned clergy and our respected Imams, and all well-meaning Ghanaians to take cognizance of the notice we are serving. The New Patriotic Party is a law-abiding political party and shall avail itself and its members to be registered as Ghanaian voters. In 1992 when we were dissatisfied with the process leading to the election, we boycotted the elections and in 2012 when we saw that there was something substantially wrong with the elections we resorted to the Supreme court in order to preserve the sanctity of the democracy in Ghana, so candidate Mahama knows what to do if he is unhappy he can as well boycott the elections or better still run to the supreme court for redress. Candidate Mahama should know that we are in a democracy and everything we say must seek to strengthen that process not to shed blood. Thank you for your attention.
God Bless us and bless our Homeland Ghana.
Mohammed Issah (Savannah Region)
Sule Salifu (Northern Region)
024 442 6937
Bukari Ali (Upper West Region)
020 420 9477
Walibe Amos (North East Region)
024 924 1977
Issah Sanusi (Upper East Region)
024 873 1335
Haruna Mohammed (Deputy National Communications Director)