The
governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied claims by the
presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress
(NDC) that the party is training thugs to disrupt the 2020 polls.

In a statement issued Sunday and copied to Adomonline.com, NPP’s Director of Communications, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, said no such thing is being done.

“The
NPP emphatically denies any knowledge or participation in any wild
claim of ‘military training’ to disrupt the upcoming elections in 2020,”
the statement said.

Former
President John Mahama made the claims NPP is now denying when he paid a
courtesy call on President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA)
Affail Monney last week.

He
claimed to know of a letter by the Upper West Security Council
requesting that some members of the governing party should be
present for combat training for next year’s election.

According
to him, after following up on that letter it has emerged that the party
indeed has sent these executives to Asutuare in the Greater Accra
region to be trained.

He has described the situation as worrying, fearing that that singular decision can destabilise the country

“If
you lose an election and you believe that it was free and fair, you
don’t any cause to cause confusion. But if you feel that you were
cheated, then sometimes emotions can run high,” the NDC flagbearer
stated.

But
the NPP admonished Mahama and his followers not to resort to “cooking
up and spreading false materials on social media as they have done in
recent times in their attempt to mislead the good people of Ghana. As
has been proven, that will soon be found out as false.

“If
it is just qualms he has about losing the impending election, then he
best keeps them to himself so the nation can get on with the serious
business of defeating poverty,” the statement added.

Below is a copy of the full statement: 

IGNORE MAHAMA’S VERBAL FLAMES  

It
should not surprise anyone that Candidate John Mahama is throwing
verbal flames at election issues again, in his recent meeting with the
leadership of the GJA. The NPP emphatically denies any knowledge or
participation in any wild claim of ‘military training’ to disrupt the
upcoming elections in 2020. 

Indeed,
the former President comes to the debate about electoral violence far
too late to be taken serious. After gleefully declaring his higher
credentials in delivering election violence and threatening to match the
NPP “boot for boot”, Candidate Mahama went to sleep with a false
presentation to the diplomatic community about the noble country he
seeks to lead. He made absolutely no input into the public, executive,
legislative and political leadership processes that led to the
establishment of the Short Commission, the National Peace Council
moderated bi-party dialogue and the passage of an Act of Parliament
against politically related violence.  

For
the attention of Candidate Mahama, the nation has moved beyond scare
tactics about election violence. If he has any substance, he should
resort to the rule of law and use the institutions available. We also
admonish Mahama and his followers not to resort to cooking up and
spreading false materials on social media as they have done in recent
times in their attempt to mislead the good people of Ghana. As has been
proven, that will soon be found out as false.

If
it is just qualms he has about losing the impending election, then he
best keeps them to himself so the nation can get on with the serious
business of defeating poverty. 

But
then, Former President Mahama has never respected the law, though he is
a beneficiary of the law, which installed him as a mid-stream
president. He disrespected the Supreme Court by never showing up at the
Election Petition Hearing. 

Most
of his effusions to the GJA leadership undermine the law of the land.
Instead of advising the radio stations he claims to be that of his party
to seek redress in the higher courts, he rather threatens to retaliate
with closures of other stations. His new found love for the Short
Commission comes without a clear indictment of the Government legal
position, a necessary distinction if his refusal to implement any of the
findings of the commissions into the Brazil World Cup debacle and the
“create, loot and share” Judgment Debt spree, is anything to go by. 

Significantly,
the GJA visit is only the last in an orchestrated string of meetings
with leaderships of identifiable groups and associations. In these
meetings, Mahama delivers ‘no plan’ political promises associated with
topical current happenings. As is typical of the cynical politics of the
NDC, promise anything to play on political emotions, as long as you are
not pressed for a solution.   

He
meets UTAG leadership and promises ‘non-interference’, meaning exactly
what? Just before then, he promised frustrated Law Students expanded
access to legal training in a meeting with the leadership of the Bar
Association, acted holier than thou about CSE at a meeting with
religious leaders and derided the security agencies in successfully
rounding up alleged dissidents before a student leadership forum.

Much
earlier, he offered a vague council to advise him on banking reforms
and a stakeholder meeting on a review of free SHS. We are yet to hear
him on anti-corruption. Perhaps we could benefit from his views on the
Office of Special Prosecutor

Often,
his lack of statesmanship betrays his true intentions. He justified his
national Chairman’s alleged intentions of creating insecurity before a
Church audience, virtually insulted the Asantehene with a public rebuff
and dared the NPP with his expertise in electoral violence.   

Obviously,
Candidate Mahama is trying to court the ‘thought leaders’ of our
society. Religious leaders, business persons, professionals, public and
civil servants, academics, traditional authorities, students, trade
unionists, journalists, security servants and many others. 

He is entitled to do so. But the least this beloved country deserves is constructive engagement. Quality policy alternatives. 

The
NPP is eagerly waiting for John Mahamas’ policy on anything. Meanwhile,
the NPP is fully harnessed into the unfolding programme of H.E.
President Nana Akufo-Addo. 

The
NPP believes the Presidents’ leadership offers the best chance of
breaking out of the poverty trap and deepening democratic governance.

Mahama misled the people when President and now misleading them with lies in opposition.

Signed

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, Esq. (MP)

(Director of Communications, NPP)