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General News Fri, 15 Feb 2019

Show respect, create space for parties who support you - Kwesi Pratt Jnr to NDC

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Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has charged the largest opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) to show respect by creating space for the ‘smaller’ parties in opposition who support them in what he termed as brought front organisation.

According to him, he was shocked to the marrow when he saw in the footages of the ‘Aagbe Wo’ demonstration that leaders of the NDC were struggling to be in front of the cameras and took over the various morning shows on various radio stations without acknowledging the ‘smaller’ parties whom they demonstrated with.

This, he noted that some of the leadership of the NDC are oblivious of the difference between the politics of brought front organisation and formation as well as the politics of building individual political parties.

He explained that building an individual political party is different from building a brought front organisation.

“If you want to build a brought front organisation, what you want to demonstrate is that the whole nation has taken a stand, therefore, you show absolute respect to the people who work with you and collaborate with you. You must design the brought front in such a way that everybody has a voice,” he stated.

“In fact NDC, you are the biggest party nobody can change that; you are so big so fat, you have to create some space for the others and not vice versa,” he indicated.



Background

About nine opposition political parties last Thursday demonstrated against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) about the barbaric and brutal violence that characterised the conduct’ of the elections “as well as the growing atmosphere of insecurity in the country.”

The Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty, comprising the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Ghana Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP), the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), the People’s National Convention (PNC), United Front Party (UFP), the EGLE Party and the All People’s Congress (APC), is hitting the streets over the violence that rocked the by-election at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

The demonstration was dubbed ‘Aagbe Wo Demonstration’ or ‘You are killing us demonstration’.

In a press statement, Bernard Monah, the convener of the demonstration said the opposition parties hope to draw public attention to the “looming threat on Ghana’s democracy, peace and stability."

The parties were, however, demanding that a proper and speedy investigation into events of the Ayawaso by-election.

Meanwhile, the government has put together a 3-member committee led by a former commissioner of CHRAJ, Justice Emile Short, to investigate the violence that occurred during the by-elections.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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