A 77 year-old businessman, Cornelius Yakah has described as unfortunate remarks made by the flagbearer of the People’s Progressive Party(PPP) Paa Kwesi Nduom in a section of the media that he was capable of purchasing arms.
The said comments were made in the aftermath of the recently held by-election at Talensi in the Northern Region.
At a press conference organized by the PPP presidential candidate, Paa Kwesi Nduom expressed misgivings about a report that a group of people have brought arms to Talensi during the by-election.
But according to Mr. Yakah, the utterances made by the astute politician who is seeking the mandate for the highest office of the land constitute a serious security threat to the sovereign state of Ghana.
‘Such remarks must not be taken lightly and it is upon this note that I would like to use this platform to challenge the security apparatus to probe and carry out further investigations’, he stressed.
Mr. Yakah admitted that even though Mr Nduom has every right under the country’s constitution to express his opinion, he must equally be mindful of the fact that freedom of speech has limitations under the law.
He further observed that various complaints made by other candidates against their colleagues in the other parties for making donations and offerings to induce voters were unfortunate.
He explained that the act of donation and gift offering permeates everywhere in the Ghanaian society including churches, organizations and even at the chief’s palace.
He stressed that the irony of the situation was that the very people who were accusing their counterparts had also offered other forms of gifts including calendars.
‘They are equally guilty as those they have accused’, he said.
Mr. Yakah urged people seeking political office to live above reproach, be transparent and accountable and cultivate the habit of conceding defeat at elections in good faith.
He said it was important for the good people of Ghana to bear in mind that Ghana is an oasis of peace in Africa and this makes it a collective responsibility for all the citizenry to protect the enviable image.
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