The People’s National Convention (PNC) has bemoaned the ever-growing incidence of political vigilantism, which cast a slur on the image of the country as a torchbearer of good governance, democracy and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It condemned the shooting incident at the Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which claimed a life and left severe injury to another in Kumasi on Monday.
The party called on authorities to conduct an investigation on the matter and bring perpetrators of the heinous acts to book.
In a statement signed and issued in Accra, Bernard Mornah, National Chairman of the PNC, noted that in the wake of the unfortunate shooting incident that took place at the Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the NDC, during a meeting of party executives resulting in the loss of one life and severe injury to another, he is outraged and alarmed by the spate of lawlessness being witnessed in the country.
He decried the creeping trend of hooliganism and thuggery that is gradually but steadily permeating the political space as a result of high patronage of vigilantism by highly placed political parties and politicians.
“We are enjoined as a party to condemn the unfortunate incident in particular and called on the relevant security agencies to step up investigations into the matter to have the perpetrators brought to book and punished accordingly to deter others from going down similar lane.
“It is surprising such an incident will occur at a time the citizenry are still grasping with the events of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election which is unimaginable.
“It is sad that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the NDC appear to be engaged in a hasty and needless tussle as to which one of them reigns supreme in terms of political vigilantism and the accompanying consequences of violence and mayhem.
“The PNC has sent a reminder to the two political parties that Ghana is bigger than the two put together and wouldn’t sit aloof and watch them destroy the country and if they have nothing good to offer, they leave the political and governance stage for the PNC to take over the running of the state in a better fashion.”