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A group has come out to condemn the President’s statement after his party broke the Coronavirus rules in times of their happiness at the just ended primaries.
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NPP Primaries & COVID-19 Safety Protocols
We are disappointed in President Akufo Addo’s comment
Citizens for Change and Accountable Governance (CCAG) has observed with shock and disappointment President Akufo Addo’s comment on how the New Patriotic Party (NPP) aspirants, delegates and sympathizers carelessly perpetuated an act that violates the safety protocols in the Executive Instrument (E.I) 164.
“This past weekend, our party came to the end of the process that we have to go through to prepare for the elections in December with the Primaries in constituencies, where we have seating MPs. Unfortunately in our enthusiasm and share unbridled joy we broke some of the COVID-19 safety protocols, it should not happen again” the President said.
We believe it is an unfortunate comment and President Akufo Addo could have done better than treating the matter with kid gloves.
This is a bad leadership example as we battle the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The risk members of the NPP have possed to Ghanaians (Journalists, EC officials among others) cannot be left unpunished.
Others have landed in jail for same breach of law.
These acts of impunity will not only undermine Ghana’s efforts in the fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic but arm opposition parties to politicize the COVID-19 “war”.
We were again surprised that, leadership, Executives (NEC, Council of Elders, Former President John Kuffour, etc.) failed to openly condemn the alarming rate of monetization of the Parliamentary primaries.
The NPP has lost an opportunity to restore integrity into the party’s structure by condemning and assuring the nation of a probe.
CCAG is by this public statement calling on President Akufo Addo and the NPP to apologize to the nation and further ensure that the safety protocols are duly adhered by all on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, new voters registration exercise led by the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Ghana.
Kofi Asante Mensah