Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie
WITH BARELY two days to the general elections, the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has blown the cover of the Mahama?led National Democratic Congress (NDC?s) plot to usurp the mandate of Ghanaians in the December 7 polls.
According to the group, intelligence it picked up indicated that NDC functionaries including Messrs Charles Boah, Paul Kwakye, Awuni (Major) and David Lamptey were seriously engaged in some security operations that stood to threaten the peace of the country.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra yesterday, AFAG indicated that 6,000 Ivoirians had also been brought into the country by the NDC through the Elubu border to enhance the electoral chances of President Mahama and the ruling party?s parliamentary candidate at the Jomoro Constituency.
?AFAG wants to sound a clear note of caution to them that we are aware of all their machinations and will pursue them not through mob action but through the sovereign path of seeking justice should the peace of the nation be bridged,? the group said.
According to the group, NDC was also planning to use surreptitious means to cause confusion at the December polls.
?Members of the NDC in the Ashanti Region will on Election Day visit polling stations clad in NPP shirts to cause mayhem with the objective of discrediting the results,? the group said.
It further mentioned that members of the NDC had planned with their ?rented press? to line up publications to the effect that personnel of the security services who took part in yesterday?s early voting voted massively for President Mahama and subsequently call of Ghanaians to do same.
AFAG said even though all Ghanaians craved for peace before, during and after the elections, it was convinced that ?preserving and maintaining the peace will be best done by you the millions of Ghanaians out there who far outnumber those who for reasons of short term gratification would sacrifice professionalism on the altar of prolonging the stay in office of a non performing government?.
Consequently, AFAG urged all Ghanaians to be mindful of the constitutional provision that the sovereignty of Ghana resided in the people of Ghana, by making a conscious effort to protect their ballot by being vigilant after casting the ballot.
?Let?s get out and exercise our franchise without any fear or favour. Let?s protect our ballot,? AFAG urged voters.
The group stated that the people?s collective actions and inactions as a people would determine whether Ghana would continuously maintain and enjoy her enviable position as a beacon of hope and a shining example for the rest of Africa as far as fulfilling the democratic imperative of staging free, fair and transparent elections were concerned.
Ghana, according to AFAG, had always been pacesetters and that the group had no doubt that with total vigilance and active participation of the millions of Ghanaians out there, Ghana would come through this democratic exercise unscathed.
AFAG said, ?Whilst in often times we have looked to a select few for the maintenance of peace and order, by virtue of their positions of trust, several experiences abound to show that in periods and times like these, corrupt and non-performing governments, for fear of being punished electorally, resort to acts intimidation and all sorts of machinations to hijack the mandate of the people who suffer the brunt of their incompetence.?
The group believed that peace was a prerequisite for national stability and development, adding, ?We also believe that any attempt to hijack the mandate of the people should not in any way be countenanced.?
By Awudu Mahama