Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned what he says is President John Mahama’s lack of concern as his appointees perpetrate various crimes.
“The President is going all over the world talking about Ghana, talking about peace and talking about democracy. And in his cabinet, around the cabinet table at which he is presiding, are people who instigate violence – purveyors of violence, sitting around his cabinet table. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t have the strength of character to reprimand them and tell them to stop what they are doing. He is simply looking on unconcerned. Does this mean he endorses this kind of conduct?”
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, said these during his 2016 electioneering campaign in Hwidiem, in the Asutifi South constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region, on Thursday, November 10.
Nana Akufo-Addo made these comments on the back of consistent attacks against NPP members in Asutifi South allegedly being perpetrated by Hon. Collins Dauda, MP for the constituency and Minister for Local Government.
Also, some NPP members in Odododiodioo constituency were assaulted by persons believed to be from the camp of MP for the constituency and Minister for Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that President Mahama leadership style is not the type that will move Ghana forward and return the country to the path of progress and prosperity.
“No one should see himself or herself above the law. We don’t want any trouble in Ghana. Those who think that violence, through the use of guns and machetes, is the only path to which they can succeed should have a good rethink because it will not succeed, he added.”
With residents of Hwidiem and surrounding towns living in fear as a result of atrocities and acts of intimidation being meted out to them by Hon. Collins Dauda, the NPP flagbearer condemned these acts, explaining that they have no place in a democracy.
Nana Akufo-Addo wondered what kind of man would resort to the use of violence against a woman in a contest.
“You (Collins Dauda) are contesting a woman, and you’re having to employ guns, harmful weapons and the use of macho men in order to win? It is a shame and a disgrace. What kind of a man are you then? You are employing all of these shameful tactics, not against a fellow man, but, against a woman. This is a disgrace. When such things happen, it means you have already lost,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo was confident that, regardless of these “shameful” tactics being employed by Hon. Collins Dauda, residents of Hwidiem and Asutifi South will vote out the NDC, in both presidential and parliamentary elections.
The NPP flagbearer noted that “the people of Asutifi South will not allow themselves to be cowed by violence, nor will they allow violent people to superintend over them. No one can be kept away from voting. Everybody is going to have the chance to cast their vote in this election.
Nana Akufo-Addo urged the electorate not to be complacent, in the belief that the NPP has already won the election.
“We don’t want that. Until the ballots are cast and counted, we should not be complacent. If you want change, you have to go and vote for the change,” he concluded.