Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otokunor, has thrown salvos at President Nana Addo Daniel Akufo-Addo over his response to the call by the umbrella family to have other stakeholders including the Peace Council join the discussion to disband political vigilante groups.
In an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the deputy scribe of the NDC said the response from the president was unpresidential and insulting.
The president he lamented used harsh words over a simple appeal by the NDC to have other political parties and stakeholders join the discussion.
The president is aware the call for disbandment would not be possible should it be left to only the two political parties, he suggested.
Peter Boamah Otokunor said one other thing that was worrying in the letter of the president, was the denial that, the NPP does not finance activities of vigilantes groups.
He said, that position taken by the president has defeated the proposed meeting because his denial was not only offensive but insincere.
He insisted the NPP has recruited some of their vigilante group members into the National Security.
He also insisted the NDC will only heed to the call by the president should all the independent stakeholders including the Peace Council, CDD-Ghana, IDEG and other bodies are made the mediators for the meeting.
The police he said has also decried the unlawful activities of vigilante groups and so, the solution should not be left to only the two political parties if we want the issue addressed holistically.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo some few days ago, responded to the chairman of the National Democratic Congress’ 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.”