The Ghana United Nations Association, GUNA, has vowed to get the two major Odododiodio Parliamentary contenders to sign a peace pact, to assure their followers and the entire country of imbibing peace in the electioneering campaigns.
This resolve has become necessary following the duo’s failure to attend a peace forum organised by the Association at James Town in the Constituency on the theme: “Promoting Peace In The James Town Community”.
Neither Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuje, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area and Edward Nii Lante Bannerman nor representatives from their outfits were present at such an important engagement held barely a fortnight after the unfortunate violence that ensued between followers of the two contestants.
The peace forum was patronised by traditional and religious leaders, youth groups, the police and civil society organisations.
The Youth Affairs Secretary of GUNA, Samuel Bamidele Timitokpe Ojo expressing disappointment at the candidates’ inability to honour their invitation said, GUNA will do everything possible to get the two leaders to undertake a peace accord to ensure that their supporters engage in a peaceful campaign activities to forestall recurrence of what happened two weeks ago.
The James Town District Police Commander, DSP Alexander Tieku in his keynote address assured the Constituency of maximum security, and sounded words of admonishment to trouble makers as the police will not hesitate to deal with them if they dare try to cause disturbances.
DSP Tieku asked politicians who shield hoodlums when the law enforcers decide to come after them to stop and allow the laws to work, advising them to desist from inflammable pronouncements as they serve as catalyst to the disgruntled elements to cause mayhem.
The Secretary General for GUNA, Reverend Christ Pardie explaining the essence of the forum said, James Town was chosen not only because of the earlier incident, but mostly because of its strategic positioning in Accra which made trading viable, in that the information has the tendency to disseminate to all parts of Ghana.
He therefore drew attention to the importance of posturing of losers in an election and how the victors can also jubilate to avert a related escalation.
The special guest of honour and anti-corruption crusader, Vitus Azeem implored the youth to consider the social statuses of relatives of politicians who incite them to violence before they obey.
The immediate past head of the Ghana Integrity Initiative used the occasion to advised residents of Odododiodio to take advantage of the economic viability of their location and channel their energies into portable ventures in order to change their narrative for the better.
By: Edward Sebbie