A deputy Minister for Information, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has described as totally false and contentious widespread allegations by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is training militants at Asutsuare in the Eastern Region to terrorism NPP foot-soldiers during the December 7 polls.
Mr. Ablakwa, who doubles as the NDC parliamentary candidate for the North Tongu constituency of the Volta Region, flatly denied the allegations that the NDC has established a special task force within the military to intimidate NPP fans in the Ashanti Region and other areas believed to be the party’s (NPP’s) strongholds.
Speaking in an interview on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show host, Kwame Nkrumah Etikesei, Mr. Ablakwa said there is no iota of truth whatsoever in that NPP allegation.
He explained that “the NDC as a democratic party would not do… that, because we believe in maintaining unity and peace in the country.”
The young outspoken politician further described the NPP allegations as part of the design to discredit the NDC.
He said: “When will Sir John stop making wild allegations? Since he became the General Secretary [of the NPP,] he has been making allegations without proof, and I think is high time the media pinned him down [to these statements.”]
Okudzeto Ablakwa lamented: “We all know that anybody who has something to hide is the one who has cause to fear when it comes to matters like this and if they think they are planning to plunge this country into chaos then of course they have cause to fear when they see people marching and calling themselves special forces in the Ghana Army.”
Following publications by pro-NDC newspapers last Wednesday that the drills by a section of the military at the Black Star Square is the NDC’s response to the NPP’s “all die be die” rhetoric, the NPP issued a statement saying it has been vindicated on its contention that the NDC has established a special task force within the military to intimidate its supporters.
“We know that the NDC is training people at Asutsuare… [that they will give those people] military and police uniforms to parade NPP strongholds, such as Ashanti, Eastern, Brong Ahafo and Central Regions,” articulated Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the NPP General Secretary.
Speaking in an interview with Citi News, the NPP scribe said the NPP is closely monitoring the situation and will match the NDC boot for boot in December.
According to him, the party has pictorial evidence of what is going on and will expose the NDC at the appropriate time.
“We are aware of what they are doing and we have photographs of people who are being trained at Asutsuare and elsewhere, and… at the appropriate time [we will make] this available to the good people of this country. If they think that they are doing this in the quiet and that nobody knows, [then let them know that some of] the very people they are training… come to tell us what is happening and we have pictorial evidence,” the NPP scribe claimed.
Mr. Afriyie also asserted that the NDC is importing foreigners from neighbouring Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to participate in the upcoming voter biometric registration exercise.
“The NDC is importing people from neighbouring countries with the view to giving them ID cards so that they will register in some areas to maximize their votes in December and we are watching them with eagle’s eyes,” he warned.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Armed Forces have allayed public fears saying, “The Special Force Unit is just an addition to the nation’s security apparatus.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col. M’bawine Atintande, explained that the new unit is part of the Armed Forces.
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