President Akufo-Addo has come under intense criticism following his recent remarks that the Electoral Commission’s voter registration exercise has been absolutely peaceful.
A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress Communication team member, Peter Akwasi Mensah has condemned the president, describing him as a “dishonest old man” after the Akufo-Addo’s assertion that he was unaware of any intimidation at registration centres.
He said the president, an old man who should rather be encouraging citizens to unite, is rather sowing seeds of discord among Ghanaians which can escalate into chaos.
What did Akufo-Addo say?
President Akufo-Addo, who has the penchant for employing manipulative tactics to run from his irresponsiblity every time his appointees are linked to disgusting acts, was at it again when he joined the Muslim community last Friday to climax the celebration of Eid al-Adha.
Despite media reports of intimidation and chaos at registration centres linked to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) thugs under the orders of some MPs and appointees of the Akufo-Addo government, the President said “One thing that excites me most is that the registration exercise in Ashanti region and other areas has been very peaceful…”
“I haven’t heard of any person being denied the opportunity to register on grounds that you are not this or what so go we can’t register you every person has the right to go and register,” Akufo-Addo maintained.
“What I have heard is that the exercise is going on smoothly in Asawase and Asokore-Mampong, we thank God for that. That is the most important thing to us all to leave in unity and peace,” the president noted amidst the shock on the faces of most of the worshippers.
But Speaking on Dwaboase on Power FM, Peter Mensah who expressed shock stated that “the president showed he is dishonest.”
“Even at Asawase where the president went to lie to Ghanaians, some Zongo residents were prevented from taking part in the exercise. These Ghanaians were tagged as foreigners because they have Muslim names yet our President ignored the agitations in the area and lied to the very people who were intimidated,” Mensah told host Kwame Minkah.
He continued, “we have had reports of gunshots and attacks at registration centres so I see President Akufo-Addo’s posture regarding the exercise as a disappointment.”
Touching on the violence at Banda in the Bono region which led to the death of a teacher trainee, Mensah condemned the activities of the soldiers deployed in the area and stressed their presence is intimidating the residents.
“Most Ghanaians are aware that Voltarians who reside in Banda are being prevented from registering. This is no news but President Akufo-Addo says there is no chaos resulted from the exercise. That is dishonesty at the highest level and it’s sad that’s emanating from our President,” Mensah added.
He said the fact that Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, had already announced the uniformed men whom the opposition NDC had described as members of the NPP’s Invinsible Forces, were state security men sent to the area on a peace mission, shows the President is a “hypocrite.”
“You sent people to forment trouble for the people and you turn around to say you know nothing about it. That’s hypocrisy,” he concluded.