The Volta Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has distanced itself from a group called ‘Rambo Forces’.
It maintained that the group had no affiliation with the party either now or in time past.
Pius Enam Hadzide, a Deputy Youth and Sports Minister-designate and leading member of the party in the region said “there is not, or has been, or will be, any entity known as Rambo Forces or anything like that affiliated with the Volta Regional NPP.
He therefore described them as infiltrators who only want to drag the party’s name into disrepute and called on the public to disregard claims they were linked with the party.
Members of the supposed pro-NPP group last week demanded that the Minister of National Security, Kan Dapaah, should be sacked over what they described as his “unprofessional” approach to dealing with the Delta Force issue.
They claimed the minister has “weak” appreciation of what was happening in the party and therefore, did not deserve to serve in the administration of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to the group, the actions and utterances of the minister was a clear indication that the various vigilante groups in the party across the country have no recognition “and that we have suffered for this victory for the party for nothing”.
The Rambo Forces further claimed they were very instrumental in preventing many Togolese and other neighbouring countries from taking part in Ghana’s elections last year, which saw the electoral fortunes of the then ruling NDC take a nosedive, thus, paving way for the NPP to increase votes in the region.
However Mr. Hadzide said the party before the 2016 elections only launched “Operation Eagle Eye” as part of our larger Agenda 3:30 and involved regional officers, campaign team members, constituency and local level officers and identified volunteers of the party.
“We were able to reduce the influx of non Ghanaian voters and also reduce NDC rigging in the Volta Region largely due to superior strategising revolving around education, advocacy and vigilance. Neither Agenda 3:30 nor Operation Eagle Eye was military in nature.
We worked with the police and the media to achieve great results. Yes we were attacked, assaulted, brutalised and all but we held our own against a vicious party bent on clinging on to power at all cost.”
He added that, “While appreciating the sacrifices of others in other parts of the country, I dare say that the sacrifices made by patriots in Volta and other so called “NDC strongholds” were enormous. Nonetheless it would be foolhardy to build and destroy.
We cannot sacrifice this much to bring our party to power and turn around to destroy the people’s confidence and goodwill due to our impatience and indiscretion. There may be one or two challenges but we do understand that there are laid-down procedures for airing our grievances and seeking redress.”
“Those infiltrators and agent provocateurs lurking in our shadows and seeking to drag the NPP into disrepute will not succeed.”