…As He Mocks Ex-President Kufuor
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is demanding the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, to immediately institute a probe into the arms discovered at the headquarters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra.
The police in a recent dawn raid at the premises of the NPP, retrieved ammunitions and arrested some persons. General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, fears the arms, could possibly be a source of violence in the country.
He also mocked ex-President John Kufuor, over his remarks at the NPP’s Extraordinary Conference in Sunyani regarding President John Mahama’s administration, saying the former Ghanaian leader, cleverly employed the tactics to escape the NPP suspension spate suffered by Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong, Sammy Crabbe and many others.
On the weapon issue, Mr. Aseidu Nketia, speaking to the party’s students’ network in the Central Region said, “we want to demand from the IGP that the nation needs to know, first of all, whether there were arms retrieved from the NPP headquarters.
“By whom ever, we don’t care, but we must know whether there were arms, find out how those arms got there and what the intention of the arms were,” he continued.
According to Mr. Asiedu Nketia, it is worrying for a major political party like the NPP, to have arms at its offices. This, in his view, should not be allowed to slide.
“Nobody can guarantee the security of this nation because they have a following and if the purpose is for them to distribute the arms to their followers to create mayhem in the country and make it ungovernable, should we sit and keep quiet,” he queried.
He said, the impression should not be created that it was some military men, who came to plant the weapons at the premises, adding “it is something we want answers to, let us know the nature of arms retrieved at the NPP headquarters, who owns them and what they were doing there”.
The NDC General Secretary, who later commented on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, mockingly stated that, ex-President Kufuor, feared being suspended, hence his claim that “change can happen through only one party and that is the NPP”.
Ex- President Kufuor, had envisioned the NPP unseating the NDC in next year’s general election, saying Ghanaians want a change in government, because the current NDC administration under President Mahama, is making life difficult for the Ghanaian.
“I see change coming and the change can happen through only one party and that is the NPP,” he told the 3,000 party delegates and supporters at the Sunyani Coronation Park.
“The nation is seeking change because of the affliction of bad governance, poor economy and lack of direction that we suffer in the country. The youth of the country cannot see the light at the tunnel so they say we want change,” he told delegates at the special delegates’ conference, Saturday.
He said, an NPP victory was inevitable, because “everywhere people are suffering, including NDC people,” stressing the need for the party to say united ahead of polls in 2016.
“Nana Akufo Addo must win the Presidency for us next Year. To win he must get 50 percent plus one and we must give him that,” the ex-President told delegates.
But in response, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said “Kufuor spoke against Mahama’s administration to escape suspension. Fear has gripped Kufuor and he spoke under duress, because all those associated with him have been suspended.”