TENSION tends to soar high in this country anytime there is going to be a national election. The situation becomes more precarious, particularly on the day of the election, in flashpoints of the country.
IT is sad to note that these frightening moments, usually in our democratic quest, are engineered by the so-called two major political parties—the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Why these two parties often hold this country to ransom is something that beats many peace-loving Ghanaian citizens?
BOTH the NPP and the NDC must understand that governing Ghana is not their preserve! The fact that they both have had the opportunity to govern Ghana under the current political dispensation does not mean that it is absolute they must get the chance to govern even if it should happen at the peril of innocent lives!
IN fact, the two political parties (NPP and NDC if for nothing) must appreciate the many Ghanaian voters who join long queues to vote to give them a four-year mandate to man affairs of this nation. That they are powerless if we do not vote for them to occupy the positions they enjoy while in government!
IT was unfortunate that a peaceful, free and fair bye-election expected in the Ayawaso West Wuogon, Greater Accra Region, was stained by violence, leaving scores injured. And characteristic of the two political parties they are pointing the finger of blame at each other. None of them wants to accept responsibility, perhaps because of the damage it will do to their party’s image—a development that has obviously seen their spin doctors at their wits end.
IT is the light of the above that Today is using this medium to condemn the violence that marred the bye-election. Further, it is assuring from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the culprits would be made to face the full rigours of the law.
WE equally want to condemn the remark by former President John Dramani Mahama. It was regrettable for him to have made the match NPP boot-for-boot comment!
HOWEVER, there are grey issues that beat those of us on Today. For instance, why heavily built-body masked men would be transported to Bawaleshie Ayawaso? In any case granted that there was intelligence of something evil by a gang, could the police not have dealt with it?
INDEED, it seemed those masked men went to Bawaleshie with a clear purpose to put fear in people and possibly beat the hell out of anybody body who challenged their mandate. If that was not then case then why would they slap and beat a Member of Parliament in the full glare of the public?
IN the view of Today it was absolutely not necessary to have transported masked men to Bawalehsie. We believe that the incident at Bawaleshie could have been averted if the police had been allowed to take charge. Indeed those masked men contributed to voter apathy by their frightening looks.
HAVING said that, it is about time that we as citizens began to watch carefully the conduct of the NPP and the NDC. These are too parties if care is not taken can plunge our country into chaos by their unguided actions, especially when one of them is at the helm of affairs.
WE, therefore, expect that indeed those culpable would be dealt with according to the laws of this country. No one is above the law, not even the first gentleman of this land. A word to a wise is enough!