The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has warned it will not accept any more attacks on its members because they have had enough of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) brutalities since the NDC lost the 2016 general elections.
Addressing a press conference to register its disapproval at the reported attacks on its members by some elements of the NPP, the National Chairman of the NDC, Mr. Kofi Portuphy, urged members of his party to defend themselves anytime they come under attack.
“Anybody who tries it after January 7 would not have it easy with the NDC. Do not take our patience for granted,” Mr. Portuphy said to applause from party members here in Accra yesterday.
He also called on members and sympathisers of the party to “remain calm” as the police work their ways to bring the situation under control before the new administration takes over from them on January 7, 2017.
There have been reports of attacks on members of the NDC after the opposition NPP was declared winners of the December 2016 polls.
The attacks, which have been condemned by President John Mahama and his yet to be successor, Nana Akufo-Addo, have also resulted in the alleged death of two members of the NDC in Dunkwa and Sefwi-Wiaso in the Central and Western Regions respectively.
These violent attacks which have been extended to the destruction of state assets, the NDC Chairman said, were distasteful and could ruin the image Ghana has won for itself as a beacon of democracy on the continent.
Cataloguing 19 instances of the alleged attacks, Mr. Portuphy said they were made to fester as a result of incitement by the leadership of the NPP including national executives and leading members.
Among some of the incidents listed by the NDC chairman include stabbing of an NDC sympathiser at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, attacks on MzBel and Wofa K – two popular entertainers who endorsed Mr. Mahama in the run-up to the elections, attacks on supporters at Kyebi and Kumasi respectively and other strongholds of the NPP.
He further mentioned the attacks on NDC branded vehiches, among others.
Mr. Portuphy reiterated that these alleged attacks, have the potential to plunge the country into chaos after peaceful and incident-free polls.
“These acts of vandalism should be condemned in no uncertain terms. They are criminal acts that must be punished,” he said, reiterating President Mahama’s earlier call on the leadership of the NPP to restrain its members before the attacks escalated into mass violence and reprisal attacks.
By Julius Yao Petetsi