Post-election attacks, NPP Acting General Secretary cautions

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned alleged violence and vandalism being perpetuated by it members on some political opponents.

“We condemn in no uncertain terms these distasteful occurrences, if true, and wish to state that NPP will not condone or sanction such actions,” a statement signed by Acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu said.

The NPP’s candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, was declared winner of Wednesday’s presidential election. The party’s victory sparked a nationwide jubilation, but some have taken advantage of the situation to commit crime.

President John Mahama who lost the race to Mr. Akufo-Addo has put the security on red alert to arrest any person who engages in vandalism.

The NPP’s statement also reminded members, “All of us have a responsibility to ensure that the dignified, peaceful exercise of their sovereign power that the Ghanaian people manifested on 7th December, which has enhanced significantly the image of our country, be protected in this period of transition from one government to another.”

Below is the full statement

11th December, 2016 NPP CONDEMS POST-ELECTION ATTACKS, URGES SUPPORTERS TO REMAIN CALM

The attention of the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been drawn to reports of alleged acts of violence and vandalism being perpetrated allegedly against some political opponents of the NPP in the aftermath of the announcements of the results of the 2016 election.

We condemn in no uncertain terms these distasteful occurrences, if true, and wish to state that NPP will not condone or sanction such actions. We urge the Ghana Police Service to enforce the laws of the land, and bring to book any person, irrespective of their political affiliations, found to be perpetrating acts of violence against any person.

Whilst the occasion of the NPP’s victory has understandably led to widespread jubilation amongst party supporters, sympathisers, and, indeed, members of the general public, we appeal to our supporters and everybody else to be guided by the statement made by the President-Elect of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his acceptance speech on 9th December, where he entreated supporters “to respect the peace and the property and lives of everybody, especially those of our political opponents.

“We are the party of the rule of law, and we should act accordingly, with magnanimity in our moment of victory.”

All of us have a responsibility to ensure that the dignified, peaceful exercise of their sovereign power that the Ghanaian people manifested on 7th December, which has enhanced significantly the image of our country, be protected in this period of transition from one government to another. God bless our homeland Ghana.

signed……

John Boadu General Secretary (Ag)