The General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Kwabena Agyepong, says just as he would condemn verbal attacks on Nana Akufo-Addo when he assumes the office of the presidency, likewise he condemns attacks on incumbent President, John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Kwabena Agyepong, who was speaking on the need to respect political authority regardless of political differences, called on all political parties and their communicators to elevate their discourse to one that will bring meaningful progress to our nation.
Mr. Agyepong expressed these sentiments when he appeared on TV3’s current affairs programme ‘Hot Issues’.
He said “our cultural values, which are meant to guide us, are fast eroding. “There must be mutual respect amongst us for political authority and elders of our nation,”
According to him, insults and calling of bad names against politicians and authorities by communicators of the political divide just for political expediency, denigrates politicians in the eyes of the public.
He said that “it is wrong to call President Mahama a thief when he is outside the country representing the whole nation on an international assignment. I wouldn’t want to see President Nana Akufo Addo being described in similar manner when he becomes President”.
He urged his party members to constructively criticize the incompetence of the President Mahama administration with facts in order to woo undecided voters into our fold.
Touching on ethnocentrism, the NPP Chief Scribe debunked the assertion that the party was ethnocentric and blamed the incumbent NDC for espousing such mischievous propaganda, spinning deliberate exaggeration on comments some individuals in the NPP may have made.
He stated that the party is inclusive, has a national scope and a very rich tradition with minority groups, especially with those from the Northern part of the country with the likes of Chief Dombo, Tolon Naa, Abaiyifaa Karbo, C.K Tadem, the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama who was Vice-President of our country for two terms, and also the likes of Modesto Apaloo, S.G Antor, Courage Quarshiga amongst others from the Volta Region.
He emphasized that “we are all Ghanaians first, despite our diversity. It is dangerous for anyone to play mischief with ethnocentrism just for electoral gains”.
He said that “our current electoral register is flawed, evidence of which was adduced in the highest court of the land during the 2012 Election Petition. He added that the Party has proposed some achievable number of electoral reforms to the Electoral Commission for consideration and implementation.
Mr. Agyepong urged the EC to be more collaborative and also notify political parties and other stakeholders during the recruitment of temporary staff in order to reduce suspicion and build mutual trust and confidence.
He emphasized that it is important for Ghana to have a free, fair and transparent elections in 2016, in order to preserve its peace, stability and democracy.
He said that the current power crisis is just a symptom of the bad governance, ineptitude, corruption and mismanagement of the economy and public funds.
He noted that, in the 6years of the current NDC government administration, they have borrowed the equivalent of $27 billion, which is more than four (4) times the amount of money the NPP borrowed during its 8yrs in power.
He lashed out at the government for lack of value for money in the projects they have undertaken. He added that, GNPC alone claims to have spent $65million on capacity building. He also described the government as insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians, many of whom are suffering under severe economic hardship.
Mr. Kwabena Agyepong noted that the NPP is ready to recapture political power and provide better governance that will accelerate socio-economic development and also ameliorate the sufferings of Ghanaians.
He admonished NPP members to revive their spirit of selflessness, sacrifice and service which has been an anchor of the party’s tradition so as to make the task of recapturing political power in 2016 less difficult.