The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on the police and other relevant security agencies to arrest those making treasonable comments about the dismissal of the Electoral Commission (EC) boss and her two deputies.
This, the party believes, will ensure that the stable and enviable freedom being enjoyed by Ghanaians is not jeopardised.
Mrs Charlotte Osei, former EC Chairperson, was fired, together with Mr Amadu Sulley and Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwa by President Akufo-Addo, who acted on the recommendations of the committee set up to probe allegations leveled against the trio.
Hours after the President had announced the decision sent to him by the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo’s Committee, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held an emergency press conference to register its displeasure.
The NDC said President Akufo-Addo and his party, NPP, orchestrated the removal of Charlotte Osei and others, so they could replace them with “their own” to help them win the 2020 elections. Some leading members of the party also stated publicly that Ghana would experience what happened in Ivory Coast a couple of years ago, if the decision to remove Charlotte Osei is not reversed.
Addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday, the acting General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, called on the security agencies not to sleep on the threats by the NDC.
Describing the opposition party’s comments as sad, John Boadu said, President Akufo-Addo and the NPP could not have masterminded the dismissal, as the country is being governed by the rule of law.
“The NPP has noted, rather sadly, comments being made, especially by the opposition NDC and its surrogates in the media and elsewhere, suggesting that His Excellency President Akufo-Addo and the NPP deliberately masterminded the sacking of the former EC boss, based on which premise, some of them are proceeding to call for civil disobedience and chaos in the country, as a registration of their protest against this development.
“The NPP, first of all, condemns all such reckless and potentially treasonable comments, and proceeds to call on the police and the other relevant security agencies to act accordingly as provided by law, in order not to jeopardise the peace and security of this country.
“On the sacking of the former EC officials, it would take an ignoramus to think and suggest that President Akufo-Addo or the NPP could have orchestrated their sacking,” John Boadu said at the press confab.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo only performed what the Constitution of Ghana enjoins him to do, by referring the petition to the CJ, and acting in accordance with the recommendations of the committee.
John Boadu further told the journalists: “It is public knowledge that the whole issue started with internal wrangling involving the three top EC officials throwing mud at one another, with all manner of accusations and counteraccusations, which, eventually, found expression in a petition filed by some workers of the Electoral Commission.
“At this moment, the President had absolutely no option, but to act in accordance with the committee’s recommendations, else he would be held in breach of the Constitution, and that may constitute a ground for his impeachment. We all owe it a duty to respect the Constitution of our country, and nobody is above the laws of Ghana, not even the President.
“So, if the President himself is subject to the laws of Ghana, then, certainly, Charlotte Osei and her deputies cannot be above the laws and Constitution of Ghana.”
Yesterday’s presser also addressed the upcoming National Annual Delegates Congress of the NPP, to be held at the Koforidua Technical University, Eastern Region, from Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8, 2018.
The delegates conference shall, among other things, elect national officers who would steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.
Mr John Boadu told the journalists that about 6,000 delegates are expected to grace the conference, and are expected to vote for their candidates from the 41 aspirants.
Read the full press statement on page 14
Source: Maxwell Ofori || The Chronicle