16 November 2012

Ghana: Akufo Addo Indicts Collins Dauda Over Rough Tactics

The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo has cited the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Collins Dauda for using machiavellian tactics against his political opponents, especially those from the NPP in the Asutifi South Constituency, in his bid to retain the seat for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to Nana Addo, Alhaji Dauda, in his desperate attempt to cling on to power, has employed the use of thugs under the command of his blood brother, Abdullai Naba "to harass, intimidate and physically interfere with the campaign of the NPP in the Asutifi South Constituency."

Nana Addo made this startling revelation when he delivered a speech on the topic "Maintaining Peace and Security" at Koforidua in the Eastern Region yesterday.

In the wisdom of Nana Addo, the former Ambassador to Cuba, Mrs. Cecilia Amoah and the constituency chairman and Organizer of the NPP were attacked by Alhaji Collins Dauda's thugs and destroying eight brand new bicycles beyond repairs, which were in their vehicle.

He said despite written statements and reports to the Goaso Police and the provision of evidence, no arrests have been made till date, a situation he bemoaned and attributed to the alleged manipulation of the Police Service by the NDC.

"One would have thought that on the eve of the 5th round of democratic elections in this 4th Republic, we would have moved from such primitive, violence-based, thuggery-reliant political campaign.

"Unfortunately and sadly, one cannot really claim to be surprised by such events. The three by-elections that have been conducted under this NDC government have been characterized by similar brutality. Akwatia, Chereponi and Atiwa have entered our political folklore for all the wrong reasons."

Nana Addo added: "The worrying part is the seeming helplessness or refusal by the security services to perform their duties when confronted by violence on the part of members of the ruling party. During the voter registration exercise, Odododiodo became a byword for impunity and the flagrant display of violence on the streets of the capital.

"Such behavior is only possible when there is political interference in the performance of the duties of the security services and the personnel feel intimidated by the political authorities. Ladies and gentlemen, this cannot be good for the health of our democracy", he noted to the applause of the crowd.

According to Nana Addo, it was only under the NDC regime that recruitment, promotions and appointments within the security services have been subjected to a political acid test of loyalty to the ruling party, rather than emphasis on competence, seniority and loyalty to the state.

This, he noted, is "dangerous development that does not promote national cohesion and the building of true and professional national security agencies."

Continuing, the former Attorney-General told his listeners that he could not fathom why the NDC National Organiser, Yaw Boateng Gyan could walk on the streets of the country a free man, when a tape he had admitted to be his own discussed in graphic details of alleged plans and actions of the NDC to unleash violence and intimidation on Ghanaians, during the forthcoming elections and have it blamed on the NPP.

That notwithstanding, he found it extremely difficult to believe why the National Security Coordinator, Col. (Rtd) Gbevlo Lartey, whom he alleged was also implicated on the Yaw Boateng Gyan tape, concluded that the investigation showed no wrongdoing on the part of the National Organiser of the NDC, adding "The country will have been reassured if the investigation had been conducted by an agency independent from him. One should never be a judge in one's own court - that is a fundamental rule of natural justice," he noted.

He urged President John Dramani Mahama to assure the country of his commitment to peaceful elections beyond mere rhetoric to confidence building measures, with one such measure being the prompt arrest and prosecution for those responsible for the recent mayhem in Asutifi South Constituency.

He pledged his party's commitment to work fully with all the security agencies, in order to accomplish peaceful, violence-free elections and called on the NDC to do same.

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