General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017
President Akufo-Addo has condemned all acts of lawlessness by political party supporters which occurred during the transition period.
Some persons affiliated to the New Patriotic Party took over the administration of the recently constructed interchange at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in the wake of the party’s victory in the 2016 polls. The supporters seized the keys to the offices for the staff and management of the €74 million interchange on December 10.
There were similar reports of NPP supporters arbitrarily taking over public installations across the country, reminiscent of scenes in the aftermath of the 2008 polls won by the NDC, which witnessed some of the triumphant party supporters taking over the running of public toilets, toll booths, community centres, among other structures.
In Kumasi on Saturday December 10, a few hours after Nana Akufo-Addo’s confirmation as winner of the 2016 election, some party faithful stormed some public toilets manned by staff of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), seized the keys to the facilities, assaulting some persons in the process.
The toll booths located at the Ashaiman end of the Accra-Tema motorway were seized and taken over by well-built men in the early hours of Monday, December 12.
But delivering the state of the nation address in Parliament on Tuesday, February 21, Akufo-Addo who has since been quiet on the issue even though the party leadership has condemned the action of the supporters, describing it as “shameful” said: “I don’t subscribe to the lawlessness of political party supporters simply because their party has been elected. Wrong doing has no political colour and I do not subscribe to such lawlessness”.