Security Services, Parties Pledge Peace
Heads of the various security services, political parties, media and some religious organizations pledged to do whatever within their power to protect the integrity of the country’s socio-political and democratic credentials particularly in the Ashanti Region.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey petitioned the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President Mahama as the winner of the 2012 election.
At a crucial meeting in Kumasi on Monday, representatives of the various political parties and security agencies took turns to assure residents of the region of their preparedness to accept in good faith whatever verdict the highest court in Ghana would give.
Fredrick Fredua Antoh, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP said his party has no reason to foment trouble in any part of the country, especially when the petition was filed by them in the court law.
He opined that the NPP believes in the rule of law and multi-party democracy and therefore would do nothing untoward to disturb the peace of the region and the country as a whole.
In his succinct remarks, Alexander Sawyer Attivor, first vice regional chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said his party had started warning its supporters across the country to avoid confrontations.
He appealed to the NDC supporters to avoid taking the law into their hands even when they are provoked but rather report anybody who would instigate attacks to the police.
Representatives of other political parties including United Front Party (UFP), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP) and People’s National Convention (PNC) also promised to accept the verdict of the petition no matter which sides it may go.
Earlier, the Ashanti regional Police Commander, DCOP Augustine Gyening, had
implored the leadership of all the political parties particularly, NDC and NPP to formally commit themselves to peace. While giving the security agencies’ assurance to ensure law and order, the police chief urged the party stalwarts to take the peace message to their supporters.
He also warned the media to be circumspect in the performance of their duties taking into consideration the difficulties the Rwandan people went through after the country was plunged into civil war over an unguarded comment.
The media, DCOP Gyening said, should collaborate with the security services in the management of peace before, during and after the announcement of the verdict in order to enhance Ghana’s democratic credentials.
Colonel Joseph Adu Boampong, General Officer Commanding the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, expressed the hope for all Ghanaians to continue to enjoy the peace prevailing in the country currently.
FROM James Quansah, Kumasi
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