No NPP-sponsored militia in Nat'l Sec.; we'll win 2020 without thugs – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has rejected claims that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has enlisted party militiamen into the national security apparatus...


President Nana Akufo-Addo has rejected claims that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has enlisted party militiamen into the national security apparatus.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) welcoming calls by Mr Akufo-Addo for a joint meeting between the two main political parties to fashion out solutions to end political party thuggery, said in a letter signed by its National Chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, that they are “aware that the Commission [of Inquiry tasked to probe the Ayawaso Wuogon by-election violence] established clearly that elements of the vigilante groups apparently sponsored by your party, have already been absorbed into the national security system”.

Responding to the NDC’s letter, Mr Akufo-Addo said in a letter dated 4 March 2019 that the assertion by the opposition party was not true.

“Firstly, contrary to your assertion, no evidence has been established at the ongoing Short Commission about the sponsorship by the New Patriotic Party of vigilantes into the national security system. No such sponsorship has taken place, and none will take place. In any event, it is surely prejudicial to the work of the Commission for citizens to start drawing conclusions on the material before the Commission, prior to the Commission making its own findings and recommendations on the matter,” Mr Akufo-Addo noted.

The president further indicated that the NPP has no plans to employ party militiamen in the 2020 general elections.

“Secondly, neither the government nor the ruling New Patriotic Party has made any plans to ‘recruit party thugs for the 2020 general elections’. No such directive has been given, nor will any such directive be given, and no such recruitment is taking place. Neither the New Patriotic Party nor I need political party thugs to win the 2020 election. We will do so on the basis of our record, our argument and our values.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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