NPP Statement On The Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency By-Election And Matters Arising

The NPP, first of all, wishes to congratulate Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the party’s parliamentary candidate in the just ended by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, on her emphatic victory at the polls where she secured over 68% of total vote cast. The NPP also won in 131 polling stations out of the 137 polling stations in the constituency as against the 106 polling stations the party won in the 2016 elections.

The party thanks the discerning electorates of Ayawaso West Wuogon for reposing an overwhelming confidence in our parliamentary candidate, and for the peaceful conduct of the polls despite the isolated incident of violence which occurred a few meters away from one out of the 137 polling stations in the Constituency.

The party condemns the act of violence in no uncertain terms and calls on the relevant state institutions to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and bring all persons who are found culpable at the end of the process, to justice.

It is important to reiterate the point that the NPP vehemently abhors all forms of violence, and will not shield perpetrators of same. We are a party founded on the principle of rule of law and other democratic tenets, and we remain committed, at all times, to upholding these cherished founding principles.

The NPP, in the light of this, condemns unreservedly, the comments of former President John Dramani Mahama, who is threatening to unleash mayhem in the country in election 2020. The former president clearly admitted the violent nature of his party and emphatically stated that “when it comes to unleashing violence, no one can beat the NDC in unleashing violence”.

We wish to tell the former president that the NPP is not, will not, and cannot compete with his NDC in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people. Of course, unlike them, we, in the NPP, do not have a revolutionary root, as he stated. We however wish to remind the former president and his NDC that citizens reserve the right to defend themselves even as the security agencies are always poised to deal with trouble causers in accordance with law.

Finally, we commend the electoral commission of Ghana for superintending over a largely peaceful exercise. Equally, the security agencies are commended for rising to the occasion when it mattered most and restoring normalcy. As stated by His Excellency President Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s democracy remains robust, and will only grow from strength to strength to the glory of God and country.

…Signed…

John Boadu
General Secretary, NPP