The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has claimed that former President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presented inconsistent rhetoric on security in the country to diplomats, as part of a deliberate agenda to infuse a sense of political violence, fear and panic in the country ahead of elections next year.
“The attempt to create a sense of political violence, fear and panic of elections going as far as denigrating the country’s image on the international scene does not wash with voters in the country,” it stressed.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, Director of Communications, NPP, accused former President Mahama and the NDC of being too “power hungry”.
“Former President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress are trying to cause tensions ahead of the 2020 elections in the light of recent pronouncements on security issues.
“Why is the former president desperate for power? Can that desperation be justified by peddling falsehoods about security in the country to the international community especially when he appears to be the inspiration for such violence with his own party?”
The NDC had criticised the nation’s security setup in the wake of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence, which is the subject of a Commission of Inquiry probe, but following the more recent shooting in Kumasi at the NDC party office, former President Mahama and the NDC have called for a swift police probe.
“They have found and renewed their faith in the police after the Kumasi shooting and subsequently challenge former President Mahama to endorse the Emile Short Commission, which he had expressed distrust in and served notice of a boycott.
“We ask the NDC to strengthen its new-found faith in the police by extending it to an unequivocal endorsement of the commission, if that happens, stakeholders across the governance landscape can encourage it to spread its tentacles wide and draw conclusions capable of dealing with the alarming tread of political blackmail,” Mr Asamoah pointed out.