The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned alleged acts of violence and vandalism being perpetrated allegedly against some National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the aftermath of the declaration of the 2016 general election results.
Nana Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the NPP, defeated incumbent incumbent President Mahama of the NDC with 53.8 per cent of the total votes cast in last Wednesday’s polls.
President Mahama, however, trailed behind with 44.40 per cent thus truncating his second term bid. Meanwhile, there has been with jubilation by NPP supporters nationwide.
A statement signed by the acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu said: “The attention of the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been drawn to reports of alleged acts of violence and vandalism being perpetrated allegedly against some political opponents of the NPP in the aftermath of the announcements of the results of the 2016 election.”
“We condemn in no uncertain terms these distasteful occurrences, if true, and wish to state that NPP will not condone or sanction such actions.”
It stated that: “We urge the Ghana Police Service to enforce the laws of the land, and bring to book any person, irrespective of their political affiliations, found to be perpetrating acts of violence against any person.”
“Whilst the occasion of the NPP’s victory has understandably led to widespread jubilation amongst party supporters, sympathisers, and, indeed, members of the general public, we appeal to our supporters and everybody else to be guided by the statement made by the President-elect of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his acceptance speech on Friday, where he entreated supporters “to respect the peace, the property and lives of everybody, especially those of our political opponents.”
“We are the party of the rule of law, and we should act accordingly, with magnanimity in our moment of victory, the statement added.”
It stated that: “All of us have a responsibility to ensure that the dignified, peaceful exercise of their sovereign power that the Ghanaian people manifested on 7th December, which has enhanced significantly the image of our country, be protected in this period of transition from one government to another.”
Earlier, President John Dramani Mahama had directed the security agencies to deploy across the country and arrest any person caught vandalising government property or attacking innocent people.
A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, said the directive followed attacks on supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and government installations by some supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
President Mahama, according to the statement, was disappointed in the NPP leadership for failing to bring their supporters to order.