The immediate family of former President John Dramani Mahama must be those at the war front for his latest crusade of boot-for-boot in 2020, an executive of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region has proposed.
The first Vice Chairman of the NPP in the Asokwa Constituency of the Ashanti Region, Edmund Kyei believes the nuclear family of the former president should first start from themselves by showing the way before inciting other National Democratic Congress(NDC) members to embark on violence.
Reacting to the recent comments of Mr Mahama in respect of the violence that characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, he described the comments as not befitting of a statesman of his caliber describing them as misguided and inciting, MyNewsGh.com reports.
“It’s very unfortunate to hear ex-President Mahama making such violent comment, thought the national security should have acted professionally to prevent such unfortunate incidence yesterday at the bye election, but for a state man like John Mahama to say his party is more violent than any other political party and they will match NPP boot for boot in upcoming 2020 election is below belt.
Ex-President Mahama should mobilize his children to the war front for other supporters to follow, as a state man and a former president you should know better than to utter such misguided comment.
I want to ask Mahama if he knows the effects of his misguided comment. He has really brought tension into the country as former president, he should not forget what happened in Rwanda through misguided comment. When comments like this comes from a public figure like Mahama it can bring war and violence conflicts can have a devastating and lasting consequences for mental as well as physical health”, he stated.
The NPP executive called on the former president to apologise to his party folks and the rest of the citizenry who desire to live in peace and harmony.
“I’m urging John Mahama to come out to apologise to the entire country and his innocent party folks who want to live in a peaceful country”, he advised.
It would be recalled that the NDC flagbearer hopeful who was speaking in the Adaklu Constituency of the Volta Region on Thursday, January 31 2019, Mr Mahama said the NDC will match the NPP boot-for-boot in the 2020 elections if the government attempts to intimidate and harass NDC supporters with violence.
According to Mr Mahama “NDC is not going to joke in 2020, and he is sounding a warning to the NPP that he and his party will match NPP boot for boot”
”I want to sound a caution that NDC has a revolutionary root and when it comes to unleashing violence, no one can beat us to that. It is just that we are mindful of this country’s democracy and that is why we must be the first to respect it.
That is why we are acting as a party that is docile and respecting the rule of law. But if we believe that the government cannot protect our people and we believe that the government is using its vigilante groups and illegal forces to intimidate and harass and injure our people, then we may have to advise ourselves”, he warned.