The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has accused the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), of inflaming tensions following reported incidents of post-election disturbances.
The PPP, in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, said these incidents had taken the shine off the peaceful transition of power following the 2016 general election.
It also said the rhetoric coming from the two leading political parties were not good for national cohesion, and “a threat to national security and national development”.
The PPP said “recent comments from leading members of both dominant parties – NPP and NDC – have gone to inflame passions.
Instead of calling their supporters to order and working together with the security apparatus to find a solution to the problem, they are rather engaging in intense politicking, and encouraging their supporters to become unruly”.
The statement said: “We are by this statement sounding a word of caution to the leadership of the two parties, especially the NPP because it is in power, to call their supporters to order. Ghana does not belong to NDC or NPP. We should not sit aloof for the two parties to plunge the country into chaos.”
It said: “Ghana has been hailed by the international community and civil society organisations for organising a peaceful election, and ensuring a smooth transition from an incumbent president to a newly elected president.
As the beacon of hope in Africa, this has consolidated our democratic credentials – an enviable feat Ghanaians must pride us in. Indeed, we must hold ourselves in high esteem and should be celebrating this remarkable achievement.”
The statement noted that instead of calling their supporters to order and working together with the security apparatus to find solution to the problem, the leadership of the two parties were rather engaging in intense politicking, and encouraging their supporters to become unruly.
“While the acting National Chairman of the NPP is reported, rather sadly, to have defended and backed the indecent act of his party supporters as ‘protecting state properties’, the National Chairman of the NDC in a press conference absolved the NDC counterattacks, and further advanced the argument that NDC law breakers should not be blamed for reprisal attacks emanating from “the beastly conduct of the Akufo-Addo invincible forces”.
We find the intemperate language of these two political leaders unacceptable and unbefitting for national cohesion. Their comments are a threat to national security and national development.”
It stressed that these worrisome trends if encouraged, could only reflect the perpetrators’ assessment of their future economic prospects as uncertain and lead to a belief that Ghana is out of control.