..Calling EC Officials Rogue Elements As He Plot Demonstrations In UK
Nana Akufo-Addo, has been revealed as the brain behind the numerous demonstrations at Ghana’s embassies in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA), crying corruption, poor governance, mismanagement and other negative reports against the John Mahama Administration and the people of Ghana.
The twice defeated flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has been captured in a video calling officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) “rogue elements” and inciting his party supporters in the UK to embark on a string of demonstrations to push the British government to force and fund electoral reforms in Ghana.
Akufo-Addo in the video said “some of us invested our lives in the establishment of democracy in Ghana and we are not going to allow a few rogue elements to derail……So these are some of the matters, I wanted to engage you with and you here have a very important role to play in this mobilization”.
Addressing NPP supporters during his visit to London, this year, Nana Addo foresaw a very catastrophic situation happening in Ghana, costing billions of dollars to salvage, if the British government is not pressurized to fund the electoral reforms since Ghana’s electoral system to him, is behind countries such as South Africa, Cote D’ Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.
“It is important that the collective strength that you have here is brought to bear on the British political system…. It’s is betters for them to help us, find money to do these things than to be involved in billions of dollars, rehabilitating a difficult situation that none of us want in Ghana; none of us want….” So whatever you can do here to raise the temperature, do it”, he said in the video.
It appears that the NPP supporters are heeding Nana Addo’s calls as there have been demonstration around Ghana’s embassies in the UK and US by Ghanaians resident in the two countries, with some protesters specifically, accusing President Mahama of corruption and also asking certain things to be done to safeguard Ghana’s democracy.
In 2013, a demonstration was held in front of the British Prime Minister’s residence, Downing Street and House of Commons; the British Parliament, an indication that the British government and its Parliament must wade into Ghana’s politics.
Last Thursday, a nationwide demonstration organized by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) against the government with claims that the NPP heavily infiltrated the rank and file of organized labour, and even bussed some of its supporters to the demonstrations under the guise of pushing for pragmatic measures to redeem the ailing economy.
Nana Addo, yesterday launched his campaign at Akoto Lante at the heart of Odododiodio Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, hoping to be elected to lead his party in the next general elections; for the third time.
In the video, the 70-year old ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs, tasked his party’s faithful to make the necessary noise to draw Britain’s attention to Ghana to release funds for Ghana’s electoral reforms, which will largely be carried out by the Electoral Commission (EC), headed by Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan.
He mentioned the judgment of the Supreme Court Justice in the Election Petition against him, his vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and ex-NPP National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey saying, the import of their case was about double registrations and anomalies in the electoral register.
“If nothing, the case, last year’s case, showed in abundance evidence of double registration….of all the things that went on that we all saw with our eyes in the Supreme Court. There is a need for all of us to work together to bring back the change that will give us credible electoral system”, he said.
Mr. Kweku Agyemang Manu, NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Dormaa West, was the only recognizable face in the video shot with a phone in a large hall decorated in NPP colours.
The one-time legislator, who was speaking to a group of party members in the UK, charged the gathering to use their numerical strength to project this course, spiting venom about how people like him have fought all their life for Ghana’s democracy, warning that they will not allow some “few rogue elements to derail” the process for their parochial interest.
“It’s important that the collective strength that you have here you bring it down to the political system so that these issues that we are talking about, we are asking [them] also to help us address”, he charged the NPP supporters.
According to him, “some of us invested our lives in the establishment of democracy in Ghana and we are not going to allow a few rogue elements to derail……So these are some of the matters I wanted to engage you with and you here have a very important role to play in this mobilization”.
The 2016 presidential hopeful, could not come to terms with the present electoral register which he claimed was over 56 per cent, way above countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Cote D’ivoire, and South Africa, where he boasted was elected early this year to witness that country’s elections.
“Even South Africa, which has the highest involvement of people in politics of the entire continent and as you know I have been there recently [has] 47.8 percent, Kenya Nigeria Senegal Cote D’ivoire all of these [countries] have registers that are well below 50 per cent, but we in Ghana, I regret to say we have a register that is 56 percent”, he noted.
He explained to the NPP members their roles in the battle ahead and how it was going to affect his agenda of recapturing power in 2016, and challenged them to “raise the temperature” to compel the UK authorities to get involved in Ghana’s electoral reforms.
“So whatever you can do here to raise the temperature and get the understanding of the authorities in this country about the need for these response in Ghana, the better”, he ended his speech amidst cheers and applauds.
Though Nana Addo, fell short of what form he wanted the operation “raise the temperature” to take, the video of the meeting showed the party members and enthusiasts shouting “demo, demo”, indicating they were gearing up to organize series of demonstrations to catch the eye of the UK government.
“It is better for them to help us find money to do some of these now than to be involved in billions of dollars rehabilitating a difficult situation in Ghana none of us want, none of us want”, he intimated.