Massive turnout at ‘Won Gbo’ demo

short manThe presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2016 general elections Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo yesterday led several thousands of party members and sympathisers to demonstrate over the erratic power supply in the country.

The mammoth protest, christened “Won Gbo” meaning we are dyiny, formed part of series of demonstrations to hit the country in the coming months.

It was also to demonstrate against what the party said were perceived corruption, unemployment and hardship under the Mahama-led administration.

The demonstrators virtually painted the streets of the business district of the capital in red and black, the colours used for the march.

The peaceful protest which started from the popular Obra Spot ended at the Hearts of Oak Park near the Arts Centre where leaders of the party took turns to address the gathering.

The Obra Spot was inundated with the protestors forcing drivers of commercial vehicles which load from there to relocate.

The protesters hoisted placards with inscriptions such as “Mahama must go”, ‘Bring back our lights”, “John ben nie”, “Take your dum and give us sor”, “Governance is a serious business” amidst singing and dancing to “jama” and some traditional tunes.

Some of the protestors carried damaged electronic gadgets along to portray their frustration over the unreliable power supply in the country and its accompanying effects.

They were cheered on by pupils of Reverend Ernest Bruce Memorial School and the Mantse Tackie Liberty Cluster of Schools at Adabraka, who left their classrooms to watch the march.

Personnel from the Ghana Police Service together with security guards of the party provided security throughout the over three-hour walk though they encountered several skirmishes with a section of the crowd which proved defiant during the entire exercise.

They broke down police blockades on several occasions and anytime they did, they ran as if they had won eternal freedom.

Shop owners and traders who stood on the shoulders of the streets designated for the march cheered on the marchers as they walked through the principal streets.

Nana Akufo-Addo addressing the crowd at the Hearts Park accused President John Mahama of being unconcerned about the energy crisis which he said was collapsing industries.

He said the NPP would continue to demand for the right things to be done until the changes Ghanaians expected were effected.

He said the energy crisis was affecting all Ghanaians irrespective of their political affiliations, a reason why all must rise to demand for an immediate end to the crisis.

He urged President Mahama to change his leadership style for the masses to benefit from the path of democracy the country had chosen.

The twice defeated presidential candidate also called on the NPP and its hierarchy to present a united front as the 2016 general elections approaches, in order for them to offer Ghanaians a better government when voted into power, adding that “the battle continues to remain the Lord’s”.

Former General Secretary of the party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, speaking in an interview with The Ghanaian Times said Ghana does not deserve the Mahama-led administration which he said has failed on all fronts.

He said the continuous lip service to long term solutions by the government was unacceptable when a short term solution was needed to combat the effects of the power crisis.

Greater Accra Regional Police Commander DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohonu told the Ghanaian Times that the service would invite leaders of the demonstration for questioning in accordance with the Public Order Act but revealed that no casualties were recorded with regards to the disobedient section of the protesters.

Notable among the leaders of the party who supported the protest march were Dr. Mamudu Bawumia, Mr. Paul Afoko, Mr. Kwabena Agyapong, Mr. John Boadu, Anthony Karbo, Dr. Kwame Addo Kufour, Dr. Akoto Afriyie amongst other parliamentarians.

By Julius Yao Petetsi       

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