Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has described as “utterly irresponsible” calls to supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to hit the streets in jubilation over the “victory” of the party in the just-ended elections.
The call was made by leadership of the party on Tuesday, December 8.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the call is a mere dog whistle and Ghanaians are discerning enough to see through the intentions of the opposition.
He was not happy with pronouncements made by former president John Dramani Mahama and NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia at the former’s residence to the effect that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has lost the elections.
Mr Asiedu Nketia had rallied the supporters to go out and celebrate the victory in the elections. He stressed that the victory cannot be overturned by any body.
But addressing journalists in Accra shortly afterwards, the Information Minister said the call is very “dangerous”.
“This is a dog whistle to people to get out on the streets and jubilate. We are happy that this call has largely gone unheeded by the Ghanaian public as we monitor the countryside.
“Largely this call has not been heeded because the Ghanaian people are discerning and can see through some of the games on election night that candidates play,” the re-elected Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency said.
“We think it must be categorically said that it is utterly irresponsible and flies in the face of good conduct and even the Peace Pact that a candidate has signed a few days ahead of the elections.”
He said this call only goes to show the true nature of presidential candidate Mahama.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said claims by the NDC leader that he has won the elections are false and should be disregarded.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) says the declaration of results of the elections would be delayed as a result of delays at the constituency and regional collation centers.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana