The National Democratic Congress, NDC, has described President Akufo-Addo as a dishonest and hypocrite following his comments that he is unaware of any form intimidation by any group of people in the voters’ registration exercise centres across some parts of the country.
President Akufo-Addo on July 31 2020, claimed in his speech delivered to Muslim leaders in Asawase during the celebration of Eid, that the ongoing Voter Registration exercise has been peaceful in the Ashanti region and across the country.
He further claimed that every Ghanaian has been allowed to take part in the registration exercise and that no one has been denied the chance to register on account of their tribe and ethnicity, because there is unity and togetherness among Ghanaians.
Addressing the 9th edition of the NDC weekly press briefing in Accra by the National Communication Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi, said President Akufo-Addo who is the sponsor, promoter and ultimate beneficiary of the ongoing electoral-driven ethnocentrism and tribal bigotry has failed to take any action to nip these disturbing acts in the bud.
According to him, the posturing nature of President Akufo-Addo towards ethnic discrimination and tribal bigotry is worrying, because this has always been his plan and has chosen to see nor hear any evil about any infamy or injustice to the Ghanaians once it advances his electoral fortunes.
Sammy Gyamfi stated that President Akufo-Addo knows deep down his heart, that he currently presides over a country where ethnic tensions are alarmingly high and threatens the peace and cohesion of the nation.
He added that the President is fully aware that thousands of Ghanaians are being threatened, molested and physically prevented from taking part in the ongoing registration exercise simply because they are Ewes, Grumahs, Gonjas, Frafas, Moshie or belong to other ethnic groups.
Sammy Gyamfi noted that the media space is awash with incontrovertible video and pictorial evidence on arrestment of Ghanaians who are perceived to be foreigners yet President Akufo-Addo has chosen the path of deception and dishonesty to throw dust into eyes of unsuspecting members of the public to conceal the evil tribalistic voter suppression agenda he is supervising.
He reiterated that the odious dishonesty and hypocrisy being displayed by President is the height of insensitivity and an insult to the intelligence of Ghanaians which must be condemned.
Commenting on the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul attempt to justify some of the ethnocentric events, the National Communication Officer of the NDC said the ludicrous attempt to explain away the sheer use of brute force and physical assault by certain elements in the Ghana Armed Forces to prevent some legitimate Ghanaians from taking part in the ongoing registration process, only goes to reinforce President Akufo-Addo’s attitude of ‘see no evil, hear no evil’.
According to him, the Defence Minister to be justifying the unfortunate use of armed soldiers in peacetime to terrorize innocent civilians belonging to a particular ethnic group in areas such as Banda, Oti Region and Ketu South is ample testament to a deliberate targeting of that ethnic group, regardless of where they find themselves.
Sammy Gyamfi urged Dominic Nitiwul to stop the unlawful use of armed military men to harass innocent Ghanaians based their tribe or ethnicity in the ongoing voter registration exercise adding that; he should shut up and spare Ghanaians his lies if he has nothing meaningful to say.
He described what is happening as shameful, reprehensible which has the potential to plunge Ghana into civil unrest if not halted.
Sammy Gyamfi noted the NDC is a political tradition that holds dear the peace, unity and development of Ghana because the party is patriotic and also guided by history.
By : Paul Mamattah