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Ghana will remain intact after ruling — NDC, NPP

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The leaderships of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region have given a firm assurance that the peace of the region will remain intact after today's Supreme Court ruling on the presidential election petition.

They said not even an ant would be hurt because the followers of the political parties had come to accept the fact that the case was not a do or die affair.

According to them, they have taken education on peace down to the lowest points of the parties’ structures and all are ready to accept the outcome of the petition whether it goes for them or not.

These came out at a meeting organised by the regional police command for the security agencies, political parties and senior media practitioners in the region in Kumasi last Monday.

Stating the position of his party, the NPP regional chairman, Mr F.F. Antoh, said the party would not want to do anything to disturb the peaceful path the nation had travelled since 1992.

“We believe in the democracy and the rule of law that is why we sent the case to court,” he said.

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Mr Antoh said if for nothing at all, the fact that one of the judges said during the hearing of the case that Ghana’s electoral system would not be the same after the judgement was a victory for the NPP, whose members sent the case to court.

When he mounted the podium, the deputy regional chairman of the NDC, Mr Sawyer Ativor, said over the past few weeks the leadership of the party in the region and the constituencies had been telling the party supporters not to do anything to mar the peace the nation was enjoying.

“From all indications, the message has gone down well with the party supporters and they will not resort to any acts of disturbances after the judgement, “ he said.

Mr Ativor stated that it was God who installs Kings and not human beings. “We know God would speak and nothing would happen at the end of the day.”

Officials from the other political parties also spoke at the meeting with all stressing the need for peace.

In his remarks, the regional police commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Augustine Gyening, expressed satisfaction with the assurance given by the NPP and NDC leaderships.

He, however, advised them not to do anything to divert from the path of peace, which they had promised.

He indicated that the police would be fair to all as it worked to get things moving in the region after the judgement.

Present were other service commanders in the region.

By Kwame Asare Boadu/Daily Graphic/Ghana