General News Mon, 4 Feb 2019

We’ll resist ‘hoodlum’ security in future elections – Mahama

Former President John Mahama says the government will face the wrath of “the people” if it dares deploy “hoodlums” clothed in security uniforms, in future elections just as it did in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

He said they will resist such attempts.

“We are serving them notice. They shall never deploy such a force in any election in Ghana again. We will resist it. You haven’t seen armed men running away before? When the power of the people comes after you, you will run. This is the ‘all die be die’ philosophy at work. We won’t accept ‘all die be die’ in this country.”

“They are not supposed to have hoodlums dressed in police uniforms using police vehicles and firing bullets at our innocent civilians.”

Mr. Mahama was speaking to NDC supporters on Saturday during his Volta Region tour where he also criticised National Security’s role in the by-election which was marred by a shooting incident near a polling station.

This comes on the back of comments the former president made which have been condemned by some observers of the political space.

Mr. Mahama after the violence in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election warned the NPP to desist from further attacking NDC members saying “when it comes to unleashing violence, nobody can beat us [National Democratic Congress] in unleashing violence.”

Observers criticised the heavy security, especially the fact that some security personnel were masked.

NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George was also assaulted by some security personnel.

The Minister of State in-charge-of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, said the deployment of security personnel described by onlookers as intimidating was “standard to all by-elections.”

But the former President urged National Security to coordinate existing security services and not deploying security personnel, which have been described as intimidating.

Aside from this, Mr. Mahama also criticised persons who called on him to apologise for comments that have been viewed as a threat of violence.

“It is rather me they are accusing… they say I should come and apologise? The one who has been shot, I should come and apologise? Meanwhile, you won’t condemn the one who shot. We will not tolerate this in Ghana.”

Source: citinewsroom.com
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