The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has contracted some Americans to train young men to serve as security detail for the party in the upcoming general elections, Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong has alleged.
Government has reacted to the opposition new Patriotic Party's (NPP) accusations that it was deliberately plotting an attack on NPP Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running-mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
In a statement, the government described the NPP's assertions as malicious, wicked and false.
Please read the full statement below:
NPP's MALICIOUS AND WICKED ALLEGATIONS TO JUSTIFY THE UNTHINKABLE
Government has learnt of a press conference organised by the New Patriotic Party at which its Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay alleged that the three South Africans and two Ghanaians arrested for activities deemed prejudicial to the security of the country were brought in, in response to an NDC-government plot to attack their presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Without prejudice to the outcome of investigations and legal processes, we wish to state as follows;
1. The claim made by Freddie Blay defies comprehension. It is both false and malicious. This is the most puerile defence ever attempted in a serious matter as this one.
We note that since news broke of the arrest of the individuals, the NPP has rendered rumbling and incoherent responses in a bid to escape the widespread condemnation and public opprobrium they have suffered. This wicked lie, however is the most ridiculous yet and only reflects the desperation arising out of lack of leadership that has beset the NPP.
The NPP has demonstrated over the years that it prefers violence and chaos as means of addressing disputes even within their party. This has been on display over the past few years.
Leading functionaries of the NPP including their flagbearer are also on record to have made incendiary statements seeking to incite violence for purposes of attaining political power. Mr Akufo-Addo’s call for his party youth to resort to violence in his infamous “all die be die” war cry is a case in point and is not lost on Ghanaians.
President John Mahama has a proven track record of peaceful conduct and never in his political life has he encouraged violence in contrast to Mr Akufo-Addo. The sterile attempt therefore, by the NPP to extricate itself from this potentially nation-wrecking manoeuvre through wicked-dark lies has failed. Government is not and will never be afflicted by the intractable disease of 'hankering-after-violence'.
2. Government reiterates its commitment to taking all necessary steps to ensure the security of our people and borders and commends the country’s security agencies for their vigilance and swift action which led to the apprehension of these individuals.
We note that months before this incident they had also arrested persons transporting or possessing substantial caches of ammunition in Kumasi and Aflao. We will continue to extend the necessary assistance to the security agencies to enable them carry out their functions in a more efficient and effective manner.
3. We are also encouraged by the profuse and widespread expression of national revulsion and outrage at these attempts by the NPP to undermine our collective peace and security.
We wish all Ghanaians happy Easter and urge them to exercise restraint and caution during the period in order to avert any excesses.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the government of hiding behind the national security apparatus to harass the party.
Speaking on JOYNEWS on Friday, acting Nationa Chairman, Freddy Blay said, “We are definitely under siege by NDC backed by the national security apparatus who are literally harassing our membership and officers for no good reason".
The accusation comes on the heels of Thursday evening's raid of the pro-NPP think tank, Danquah Institute and the arrest of some of the party's officials in connection with the three South African security trainers.
But Mr Blay who felt these incidents were deliberate, noted the attacks were disturbing individual party members and "it's definitely not good for democracy in the country”.
"We are definitely at a lost as to why the security have decided to be extremely militant and harassing the main opposition party and its officers in the country”, he added.
The acting National Chairman hinted of a meeting by the party's leadership to deliberate on the the recent events involving the NPP and the National Security.
The meeting among other things, he said, would also explore how best to liase with the Ghana Police Service on how to deal with the lawless acts against the party
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor is one of Ghana’s most dignified politicians, according to former Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.
Speaking to Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Starr FM Wednesday, Mr Afriyie Ankrah, currently a Minister of State at the Presidency, praised the former president for his smartness adding that, he had immense respect for the former Ghanaian leader.
“President Kufuor is my good friend, I respect him…when we meet I great him, there is a certain dignity about him and he is very smart", he intimated, according to starrfmonline.com.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma south, Fritz Baffour, joined fellow members of his party in condemning the opposition New Patriotic party (NPP), for bringing in three South African ex-security persons to allegedly train their party’s security personnel.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed optimism at the chances of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) chances in the upcoming general elections indicating that the time being spent by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on solving its internal problems will not affect its ability to win the 2016 election.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has admitted inviting the three South Africans in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications.
Three South African ex-police officers, linked to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, have been grabbed by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for engaging in terrorism related acts.
NPP founding member, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has claimed that his relationship with former president John Kufuor was undermined by his (Nyaho’s) support for Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo when an internal discussion over who should lead the party was ongoing ahead of the 2000 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed profound shock and sadness at the demise of Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey died in the early hours of Sunday in a London hospital where he had gone for treatment.