President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has responded to the chairman of the National Democratic Congress’s letter on the disbandment of vigilante groups.
The president in his response expressed dismay at the request by the NDC and rejected claims that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has enlisted party militia into the national security.
The NDC chair in his letter said the we are “aware that the Commission [of Inquiry tasked to probe the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence] established clearly that elements of the vigilante groups apparently sponsored by your party have already been absorbed into the national security system”.
But the president in his response said:“Firstly, contrary to your assertion, no evidence has been established at the on-going Short Commission about the sponsorship by the New Patriotic Party of vigilantes into the national security system. No such sponsorship has taken place, and none will take place. In any event, it is surely prejudicial to the work of the Commission for citizens to start drawing conclusions on the material before the Commission, prior to the Commission making its own findings and recommendations on the matter,” Mr Akufo-Addo noted.
“Secondly, neither the Government nor the ruling New Patriotic Party have made any plans to ‘recruit party thugs for the 2020 general elections’. No such directive has been given, nor will any such directive be given, and no such recruitment is taking place. Neither the New Patriotic Party nor I need political party thugs to win the 2020 election. We will do so on the basis of our record, our argument and our values.”
Below is the response from the president: