NDC ask supporters to refrain from lawlessness at Supreme Court

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked supporters of the party to view the election petition pending before the Supreme Court as legal process and not a political rally.

A statement signed by Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia, General Secretary said, party faithful should therefore desist from any act that would negatively influence the legal process.

It said information reaching the NDC secretariat indicate that an indentified group of people are planning to storm the premises of the Supreme Court in Accra on Tuesday to demonstrate their solidarity for the ruling Government.

It said the NDC intelligence indicates that members of the group clad in party colours intend to create confusion to tarnish the judicial process.

The statement urged the security to deal ruthlessly with members of the group who act lawlessly.

Source: GNA


Election Petition: No party supporters to be allowed into Supreme Court premises

The Ghana Police Service has advised party followers who plan trooping to the premises of the Supreme Court in Accra from Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – when hearing on the substantive petition brought against the Electoral Commission (EC), John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) begins – to reconsider such plan.

The Service will not entertain party supporters at the Court, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Freeman Tettey warned.

Speaking on TV3’s Midday Live on Monday, DSP Freeman Tettey, the Greater Accra Region Public Relations Officer of the Service, disclosed that strict measures have been put in place to ensure law and order at the Court.

“Our concern is mostly the crowd and we will do our best to discourage them,” DSP Tettey said.

He noted that the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Service will also be on hand to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

He explained that persons without accreditation will not be allowed into the Court.

“We will strictly go by accreditation,” he stressed.

DSP Tettey revealed that police personnel will start surveillance at 4:00am on Tuesday but “there will be a change-over as and when”.

“We have the numbers that will contain the situation.”

Hearing of preliminary submissions on the Election Petition witnessed intermittent clashes between police and some groups of people to the extent that canes were wielded at one time to fight the police.



Alan ‘K’ urges NPP supporters to snub “Alan for 2016” posters

Former Minister of Trade and Industry and two-time presidential candidate aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, has stated that neither him nor any agent of his has been authorized to put out campaign for him regarding Election 2016.

He has, therefore, called on the leadership of the NPP, party members and supporters as well as the general public to treat “the current so-called “Alan for 2016” poster campaign with the contempt it deserves and see it as the work of people who want to sow discord and disunity in our great party the NPP.”

A statement signed on Mr Kyeremanten’s behalf by Kwabena Agyei Agyapong pointed out that the former Ghanaian ambassador to the United States supports NPP’s court action to challenge the 2012 Election results and will, therefore, not “do anything to detract from the attention and support the petitioners need from the entire party to see the matter to its logical conclusion.”

“In view of the weight of evidence the petitioners in the court case have put before the courts, it is believed that detractors of our party who are nervous about the possible outcome of the case have resorted to acts aimed at undermining the unity and cohesion of the New Patriotic Party and should such attempts succeed, these elements then hope to take advantage of a disunited NPP,” the statement explained.

“Mr. Alan Kyerematen, therefore, calls on all genuine party members and loyalists to completely disregard this so-called “Alan for 2016” poster campaign that is being waged by enemies of the party, and stand solidly behind Nana Akufo Addo, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, our party chairman in the pursuit of the case in which they are obviously seeking justice for the party and all Ghanaians in general.”




Call your supporters to order; Prez Mahama told

Very disturbing, violent events occurred at the vicinity of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Ordinary Ghanaians walking along the High Street, in front of the Supreme Court building, were attacked by an organised group of supporters of the National Democratic Congress with weapons, including canes, deliberately supplied to them.

Among the victims of Wednesday’s senseless attacks were hawkers, a pregnant woman, a teenage girl walking on the other side of the road who just happened to be wearing an NPP scarf.

If it was not for the intervention of some of the police officers, the poor teenager would have been beaten to pulp.

Also attacked was Nana Kofi Damoah, a young NPP activist, who was assaulted with sticks by a group of NDC supporters right at the entrance of the Court.

It is obvious that this was a planned and orchestrated attack by NDC on innocent people perceived to be supporters or sympathisers of the New Patriotic Party.

These unprovoked acts of violence and intimidation are provocative and extremely disturbing.

Nothing was said or done by those innocent Ghanaians to have fallen victim to such violence.

We wish to send a strong message to President Mahama and the entire leadership of the NDC that what happened on Wednesday is totally unacceptable.

They should, therefore, call their supporters to order and bring to book those among their fold who are determined to use such NDC supporters as instruments of political violence.

The NPP is determined to play by the rules and so should the President and his party.

We, for our part, have been able to keep our supporters calm and will continue to urge them to remain calm.

We thank the security agencies for saving the situation and urge them to continue to enforce their mandate of protecting lives and property.

Source: Sammy Awuku, NPP Deputy Communications Director