Violence has become the new normal for NPP – John Mahama

John Dramani Mahama
John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has issued a call to the conscientious citizens of Ghana to denounce the acts of violence that marred the Super Delegates Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Saturday.

Expressing his astonishment at how an internal competition could devolve into incidents of aggression, he highlighted the unfortunate pattern of events.

In his perspective, these occurrences reflect a legacy associated with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, particularly given the recollection of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence and the tragic loss of eight Ghanaian lives during the 2020 elections.

The 2024 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) conveyed his sentiments through a series of tweets, immediately following the ruling party’s electoral process, which aimed to select five candidates out of ten aspirants for the upcoming November Presidential Primary.

Regrettably, the proceedings on Saturday, August 26 were tainted by instances of aggression against some contenders. For instance, in the North East Region, a polling station representative for Alan Kyerematen, named Ali Zakaria, fell victim to an attack that resulted in significant swelling around his eyes.

In the Upper West Region, an agent of Ken Agyapong was reportedly pursued out of the voting venue, igniting a strong reaction from the Assin Central lawmaker. These incidents, according to Mr Mahama, warrant unequivocal condemnation as the process should have unfolded peacefully.

He tweeted, “The normalization of violence within the NPP is disheartening. Acts of aggression during what should be a serene civic exercise must be censured by all conscientious Ghanaians. This holds even more weight within an internal contest involving members of the same political party.”



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