The People’s National Convention (PNC) has served notice it may be forced to also form a vigilante group should the two major political parties i.e. National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) fail to disband all their existing vigilante groups.
The Deputy General Secretary of the party, Haruna Mohammed, told Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm Thursday March 7, 2019.
He was reacting to the response by President Akufo-Addo, to the letter the NDC-calling on him to allow bodies like the Peace Council, NCCE and other CSOs to join the dialogue towards the disbandment of vigilante groups.
In his view, if the president has the desire to disband vigilante groups, then he should accept the call for other smaller political parties to join the NDC and NPP in finding a solution towards the disbandment.
Haruna Mohammed said, ‘’we [PNC] have the tendency to form a vigilante group but for the love of the country, we have decided to remain calm about it.’’
When the host asked if he meant the party was ready to form a vigilante group, he answered in the affirmative and hinted they may even go to Cote d’Ivoire to recruit members for such a group.
‘’If I want win an election at all cost just like the NDC and NPP does with their vigilante groups, then we will also go to Cote d’Ivoire to recruit people for a vigilante group. If I know this is my strong old, I will go and recruit foreigners to help me win the elections in my strongholds,’’ he said.
To him, we are talking about peace and it is not only the NPP and NDC who can look for that peace for us, we are all Ghanaian and deserve to be part of that dialogue.’’
‘’If the president wants to form a team to disband vigilante groups then he should form a team that will include the Peace Council. The smaller parties should be part of it, the leaders of the vigilante groups should be part of it. The United Nations should also be part of the team. If the president wants to really disband these groups, then these groups should be part of it. The proceedings should be telecast so Ghanaians would follow the process,’’ he suggested.
‘’Are we all not Ghanaians? It is not fair for only the NDC and NPP to be the only parties to meet and discuss it,’’ he said.