12 December 2012

Ghana: We No Go Gree With EC's Verdict - Disgruntled NPP Supporters Charge

Angry supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday took to the streets at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra to protest over the verdict of the 2012 polls announced by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.

The thousands of supporters expressed the belief that the December 7 polls was fraught with widespread fraud to favour the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Official results announced by Dr. Afari-Gyan put John Dramani Mahama of the NDC as the winner of the presidential race in the 2012 election.

Mr. Mahama polled 5,574,761 of the total valid votes cast, representing 50.70% to outdo his closest rival, Nana Akufo Addo who polled 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74%.

However, the NPP insisted the polls witnessed widespread manipulations to favour the ruling party.

Not enthused with the outcome of the election, the disgruntled supporters took to the streets at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and subjected innocent citizens, especially those in NDC paraphernalia, to wanton beatings.

The aggrieved supporters also attacked media persons covering the demonstration exercise, in addition to the smashing of vehicles embossed with NDC paraphernalia, as they chanted slogans like "we no go gree with the EC's verdict."

They accused the EC of conniving with members of the ruling party to rig the elections.

Their actions virtually brought vehicular movement around the area to a standstill.

It took the intervention of the joint police and military teams to bring the situation under control.

Nana Akufo Addo, moments after the party's marathon meeting with its national executives, proceeded to the demonstration grounds and advised the party faithful to remain calm, as the party goes to court to challenge the verdict with evidences they have gathered.

But in a sharp response, a Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa described Nana Addo's remarks as double standards, saying "the action of the protesters was subversive."

According to him, when the NPP supporters trooped to Nana Addo's Nima residence chanting 'No Nana Addo, No President', the NPP flagbearer could not come out to restrain them.

He told Ghanaians in an interview on Joy FM that reports he had received indicated that two supporters of the NDC have lost their lives as a result of the demonstration by the NPP.

He told the host that the government would not sit idle and allow the country to become lawless.

"The government of John Mahama will not sit down for innocent persons to be attacked by irate supporters of the NPP. The government will take action against anyone who flouts the Public Order Act of the country," he noted.

The Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, responding to the issue said the party will use all legal means at their disposal to challenge the verdict at the Supreme Court. He condemned the attacks on innocent persons and journalists.

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