The United Cadres’ Front (UCF), has condemned the statement purported to have been made by Comrade Koku Ayindoho, Deputy General Secretary of the NDC that, the current government could be overthrown by what he termed a “civilian coup d’etat” per the “Defense Cooperation Agreement” the Government of Ghana signed with the US government.
Following the comments made by Koku Ayindoho on an Accra-based radio station Happy FM in the exact words as; “on January 13, 1972 a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself.
There’ll be a civil revolt. There’ll be a people’s movement. During President John Mahama’s tenure, didn’t we receive similar threats from the likes of Let My Vote Count and OccupyGhana. There’ll be a civilian coup d’etat; there’ll be a social revolution and the movement is starting on Wednesday. Akufo-Addo will be fed up at the Presidency. He will get running stomach.”
According to a release signed by
Comrade Shine Garveh of UCF and copied to Newsghana.com.gh, it stated that, though the statement was very unfortunate, he tried to use “Social Upheaval” or Social Revolution which is legitimate to nullify the negative aspect of the statement, but then a lot of meanings had been read into it with respect to the two coup de’etats he had already referred to.
Again, the group said the government of Ghana under the leadership of H.E Nana Akufo Addo, should know and understand that, civil action is a legitimate means that civilized societies can use to protest bad governance which can lead to the dislodgement of governments. Sitting Burkina Faso as an example.
They are however, disappointed at the way the police went about the arrest of the Deputy General Secretary. Saying “We condemn in limitless terms the arrest which was carried out at the International Press Centre where a press conference was held in respect of the agreement under reference.”
Meanwhile, the group has described the Information Minister,
Mustafa Abdul Hamid as a hypocrite by referring to the act as treasonable, when Kennedy Agyepong, MP for Assin North made lots of noise with his statement “I Declare War” in the country but the NPP could not issue a single statement to condemn it.
Read The Original Release Below;
UNITED CADRES’ FRONT CRITICISES KOKU AYINDOHO’S ERRATIC STATEMENT BUT CONDEMNS THE STYLE OF HIS ARREST
The United Cadres’ Front (UCF) condemns a statement purported to have been made by Comrade Koku Ayindoho, to the effect that the current government could be ousted by what he termed a “…civilian coup d’etat…” per the “Defense Cooperation Agreement” the Government of Ghana signed with the US government.
Much as the statement is very unfortunate – the use of “Social Upheaval” seems to diminish the negative but rightly so – meanings which has been read into it due to the references he made alluding to two previous coup de’etats before arriving at the “…Civilian coup d’etat…a Social Revolution…”phrase.
However, we are disappointed at the arrest of Koku Ayindoho and especially the way the police went about it. We condemn in limitless terms the arrest which was carried out at the International Press Centre where a press conference was held in respect of the agreement under reference.
The government of Ghana under the leadership of HE Nana Akufo Addo need not be told that civil action is a legitimate means that civilized societies can use to protest bad governance which can lead to the dislodgement of governments. Our close-door neighbor Burkina Faso is not a too distant example to site.
An act where a country has been mortgaged for a pittance is nothing short of a treasonable act, and the citizens deserve the right to use civil means to rectify them.
Meanwhile the hypocritical posturing by the Information Minister, Mustafa Hamid is exciting to note. We are surprised he and his ilk can now be referring to acts that are “TREASONABLE”? It is these same “Rule of Law” protagonists who never found their voices when Kennedy Agyepong’s “…I declare war…” was loudly made in this country without a single statement coming from the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The UCF is by no way attempting to equalize issues in order to justify unjustifiable utterances and actions by some prominent members of our Party which is not giving it a positive outlook.
We are per this release cautioning the rank and file of the NDC to be circumspect in our day to day actions in the name of the Party which may hurt its image.
The UCF however thinks that the conduct by the police in their bid to arrest Koku Ayindoho at the International Press Centre, is an affront to Press Freedom and we expect nothing but condemnation by the Ghana Journalists Association for the desecration of the country’s ‘Tower of Press Freedom’.
Comrade Shine Garveh
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For Cadres in Ghana
Comrade Osei Piesie-Anto