Former President Mahama has defended his “we will match them boot for boot” comments, advising his critics to rather advise the NPP government whom he claims perpetuated the violent act that marred the Ayawaso west Wuogon by-election.
Justifying his call for NDC members to ready themselves for any possible attacks on them by hoodlums of the NPP ahead of the next general election , the former President Mahama said ” “We are not going to joke in 2020 and I’m sounding a warning to the NPP – we are going to match them boot for boot.”
The Christian council and some political pundits have criticised and asked the former president to apologize for inciting his party people to stand up against any attacks on them by hoodlums of the NPP.
But addressing delegates of the NDC in the Volta region Saturday evening the former president John Mahama was greeted with applause as he spoke out against the havoc that halted the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election Thursday morning.
“The guys at Ayawaso West Wuogon were armed and running rampage and Ghana’s Police Service couldn’t give them orders,” Mahama said at a campaign event late Saturday evening in the Volta region.
He bashed Ghana’s National Security Task Force for its inability to control the attacks. The “hoodlums” who drove police vehicles to the polling station on that fateful day terrorized innocent civilians and they “did not do anything,” he said.
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“We will not tolerate this in Ghana,” he exclaimed. “We are for peace, but to enjoy peace, you must be vigilant.” the former president said.
He continued: “We won’t accept violence in this country. When they are advising their people they should advise the ones who are instilling violence. Not me.”