Vice-Chairman of Parliament’s Defense and Interior Committee, Collins Owusu Amankwah, has called for the arrest of former President John Dramani Mahama.
The legislator wants Mr. Mahama arrested because he believes he is responsible for inciting his followers after he was defeated in the 2020 elections.
According to him, the former president should be blamed for the mayhem his supporters have caused after the results for the general elections were declared.
In his view, the public utterances by the former president is fueling series of violent demonstrations across the country by NDC supporters.
“He [Mahama] should be arrested for instigating party foot-soldiers to perpetrate violence through demonstrations across the country after he lost the election,” he told Adom News‘ parliamentary correspondent, Abednego Asante Asiedu in an interview.
“If you are seen to be instigating party supporters to perpetrate violence by burning tyres and throwing stones, then he [Mahama] as a ringleader must be held responsible. So, he must be arrested to advise his supporters that enough is enough,” he emphasised.
He added: “All because the elections did not go his favour so Ghana should burn or if people will die, he doesn’t care, the National Peace Council, faith-based organisations and the moral society should call the former President Mahama to order that enough is enough,” the legislature said.
“He is an apology to opposition leaders in Africa and for that matter even the whole world, why is he disturbing the peace of this country?” the MP for Manhyia North, asked.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has clearly stated that the government used the Electoral Commission (EC) to manipulate results in favour of the incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
For this reason, Mr. Mahama said the party will not accept anything short of the true reflection of the votes of the people.
He said there is no doubt that Ghanaians in all regions voted for change in both the parliamentary and presidential elections.
To him, although the EC promised to deliver credible polls, it did otherwise.
He stressed the NDC will not accept a flawed election because the NDC won 140 seats but the government is using the military to intimidate and subvert the will of the people.
According to him, as someone who respects democracy, he accepted defeat in 2016, stepped aside because he believed that was the will of the people.
He added to respect our democracy, the secret verdict of the people must be protected and respected and not subverted.
He made the claims at the party’s headquarters when he addressed party supporters over the outcome of the declaration of the presidential polls.
He added that the NDC won the majority of seats of 140 but the government is trying to steal 5 from them.
“I stand before you tonight unwilling to accept the fictionalised result of a flawed election.”
He added “There is no doubt that every Ghanaian in this country voted for change. We did so both In the presidential and parliamentary elections.
“I am a staunch believer in the experiment of democracy, a system of governance that allows the ultimate decision-making power to rest in the hands of you the good people of Ghana. We the people who with an eye towards the future we will like for our dear country elect representatives to forward and realise that vision. Government serves at the choice and direction of the people of this great nation.”
President Akufo-Addo was declared as the er of the 2020 presidential polls with 6,730,587 (51.302%) of the vote.
Mr. Mahama came second with 6,213,182 votes representing 47.359%.
The presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has promised to exempt petty traders from paying tax if he is reelected as president.
The candidate disclosed that traders who do not earn up to GHS200,000 within a year will be exempted from paying income tax.
According to him, this is to help the traders expand and grow their businesses.
He made the promise when he interacted with traders at the Kaneshie Market in the Okaikoi South constituency of the Greater Accra Region.
“All petty traders with small shops, the taxes you pay to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) which goes to the government is going to be removed. If from your sales within a year, do not amount to GHS200,000, you will be exempted from paying the income tax to the GRA.”
President Akufo-Addo has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama, describing him as a man who is empty of vision, bankrupt of ideas, and a liar.
He noted that the former president has resorted to fabrications, distortions because his campaign has collapsed in confusion.
The President said the NDC candidate has realized he will not win the elections hence has adopted an approach to throw mud at him.
Addressing a rally at Jamestown in the Odododiodoo constituency today, Saturday, December 5, 2020, he said Mr. Mahama is going on his campaign peddling lies and deceiving Ghanaians with unrealistic promises when his previous record is nothing to write home about.
“The NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, bereft of record, empty of vision, bankrupt of ideas whose campaign has collapsed in confusion, in deceit, in lies and outright fabrication who today, hanging his political career which is in tatters on fabricated and doctored tape…it will not happen. The Ghanaian people are not ready to go on that line.”
His reaction comes after the NDC at an emergency press conference dubbed “The Mother of All Corruption” released a video alleging that President Akufo-Addo had received a $40,000 bribe from the Director of Urban Road in order not to fire him.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah some few days ago slammed the NDC for doctoring a video of a 2016 campaign donation to then-candidate Akufo-Addo to falsely accuse him of bribery.
He noted that the NDC Presidential Candidate, John Mahama was clutching at straws to resuscitate his collapsed campaign such as disseminating fake news by superimposing the original video with new voices to create a false impression that President Akufo-Addo is receiving a bribe.
“Whilst we are not surprised by the new low by the opposition candidate and his party, we remind Ghanaians that they should expect more of such falsehoods and fabrications in the days leading up to the election.
“It has become clear that candidate Mahama’s failed campaign now sees fake news and fabrications, as well as an amendment of their earlier promises as the only hope to salvage what is going to be another decisive victory for President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party,” he stated.
“The people of Ghana are discerning and will not be swayed by obvious fabrications designed by persons who always seek to bring the name of the Republic into disrepute and sully its image amongst the comity of nations.”
The presidential candidates of the two main political parties have signed a peace pact today, on Friday, December 4, 2020, before the general elections.
President Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama signed the document at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
The peace pact was signed at the 3rd High-Level Meeting of the Presidential Elections Peace Pact organized by His Eminence Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam, and the National Peace Council (NPC) in collaboration with the National House of Chiefs (NHC).
The event was facilitated by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEC) and under the theme: “Eradicating Electoral Violence in Ghana’s Democracy: The Role of Political Leadership”.
In his speech, former President John Dramani Mahama opined that “elections are about counting heads and not cutting heads.”
Mr Mahama cautioned voters to be law-abiding and refrain from acts of violence.
He recounted the incident of the 2019 Ayawaso West Wuohon bye-elections.
“Let us strive to prevent the violence of the past, particularly as witnessed in early 2019 during the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-elections, which till date has gone unpunished.”
Although he expressed disappointment in how the incident was handled, Mr. Mahama expressed optimism that the polls would be peaceful.
He said “we are optimistic. In the face of similar doubts in the past, Ghanaians have risen to the occasion and delivered peaceful elections.
“It is my prayer that despite our deepest fears we shall be proved wrong and Ghana will once again be proven to be the beacon of democracy in Africa,” he noted.
“Our country stands at a critical juncture of history. Never have the lives of so many depended on the power of a thumb. Now more than ever, we need the institutions of our democracy to work impartially to deliver an outcome that is fair, transparent, and in the National Interest.
The Electoral Commission, the Judiciary, the Security Services, and the media hold the future of our nation in their hands.” He added.
Taking his turn, President Akufo-Addo said he is optimistic he is winning the polls while assuring that his supporters will conduct themselves peacefully.
“We, in the NPP, want a credible election, conducted in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. We are certain we have a track record that will make Ghanaians vote to renew our mandate. Just as it was in 2016, we want this victory to be sweet and incontestable,” Akufo-Addo said at the National Peace Council sponsored event.
He added: “I have said that we believe in elections, and I am happy to give my word that we shall accept the verdict of the people of Ghana. Above all, I pledge that the peace, unity, and safety of Ghana will be our primary consideration.”
He asked the security agencies to discharge their duties in a professional manner.
He said the NPP is committed to a peaceful election.
”We, in the NPP, want a credible election, conducted in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. We are certain we have a track record that will make Ghanaians vote to renew our mandate. Just as it was in 2016, we want this victory to be sweet and incontestable.
I have said that we believe in elections, and I am happy to give my word that we shall accept the verdict of the people of Ghana. Above all, I pledge that the peace, unity, and safety of Ghana will be our primary consideration.”
National Peace Council
Chairperson for the National Peace Council Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi believes the agreements reached by the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, and the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) John Mahama will promote tranquility during and after the polls if it is factored into the party’s modalities to implement same.
“Resorting to violence is ill-disposed and must be avoided. It is my hope that the signing of this pact will not just be another public show and that all the parties in this national accord will genuinely play their roles in ensuring peace during and after the 2020 general elections,” he said.
Chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Jean Mensa assured Ghanaians of credible, free, fair, and transparent polls.
He said the efficiency of their devices will enhance the polls.
In attendance, was H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama, Former President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and former Chair of ECOWAS, H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania, H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe, H. E. Dr. Mohammed ibn Chambas, special representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and Head of UNOWAS, Former President of South Africa, Members of the Council of State, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State, the Inspector General of Police, Members of the National Peace Council, Chiefs, Ministers of State, representatives of the political parties, members of the Diplomatic Corps and civil society organizations among other dignitaries.