Politics of Thursday, 5 March 2015
The organizers of the ‘One Ghana’ protest have rejected claims that some members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who joined the exercise were heckled.
Some NPP members claimed they were heckled and prevented from joining the exercise by some members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The NPP members, including the party’s Communications Director, Nana Akomea, were angry, saying they did not understand why the NDC members chased them out when the protest was not partisan.
Pressure group, Coalition for the Defence of Equal Citizenship (CODEC) organized a protest aimed at expressing their displeasure of ethnocentric comments allegedly made by NPP’s Osafo Marfo.
The protest, according to the organizers was “essentially to create the needed awareness, why we have to leave together peacefully as a state; that we must at all times cherish that cardinal principle that there can always be unity in diversity.”
Speaking on Eyewitness News, convener of the group, Edudzi Kudzo Tameklo refuted the claims by the NPP, insisting that nothing of that sort happened during the protest.
This he said is because some members of the NPP including Dominic Nitiwul and Mike Ocquaye were part of the protest from beginning to the end.
“We had the opportunity of being accompanied throughout the walk by Dominic Nitiwul, Mike Ocquaye Junior, David Asante and several NPP members, so the very question that they were heckled or sacked cannot be entirely accurate,” Mr Tameklo added.