19th May 2024

Peter Mac Manu addresses the press

The governing New Patriotic Party has advised the opposition National Democratic Congress to stop making excuses ahead of their impending electoral defeat this year since Ghanaians did not force a ‘weak’ presidential candidate, who “is an albatross around their necks”, on them.

The NPP contends that the NDC’s constant attack on the Electoral Commission, and the claims of the commission seeking to rig the December elections in favour of the governing party, is an attempt to justify the impending inevitable loss of the party due to its weak presidential candidate.

“We call on the NDC to face up to the realities of the time and convince the Ghanaian people why they must bring an inept, clueless and incompetent Mahama back to power after he ran down the country in the manner that he did,” the  2020 campaign manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu, said at a press conference yesterday.

Conspiracy theory

Mr Mac Manu, responding to a press conference held by the NDC to accuse the EC, the NPP and the National Identification Authority (NIA) of conniving to rig the December general election, stated that the NDC has sat together to plan and has finally come out with the details of a fake conspiracy theory against the NPP. He said the “NPP is and cannot be part of any conspiracy whatsoever to rig the 2020 elections.”

He described the theory as a ‘fake conspiracy’ that does not become credible just because an opposition that is afraid of losing a free and fair contest says so.

The NPP questioned what is in the current register that the NDC is so determined to protect. “What is in that 2012 register that the NDC is threatening civil war if it is changed for a better one? Why is the NDC placing its entire electoral fortunes on that controversial register which was compiled under their term in office?” the NPP questioned.

Mr Mac Manu stated that the NPP is not afraid to face the electorate and will win the coming election with or without a new register. “There are some over 1,000,000 odd young people who have attained the age of 18 since last year. They have a right to be registered. And so, the EC will register them. How is this registration going to be done? Or is the NDC suggesting that we disenfranchise all these people?” the NPP questioned.

Mr Mac Manu further questioned the NDC if they would support ‘no election’ should the novel coronavirus pandemic exist till December.

Clutching at straw

The NDC, yesterday, descended heavily on the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa, and the Chief Executive Officer of the NIA, Professor Ken Attafuah, accusing them of trying to rig the 2020 general elections for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP through voter suppression in NDC strongholds.

The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo claimed that the EC and NIA’s decisions not to use the current voter ID cards as proof of identification in the almost ended nationwide Ghana card registration and the incoming compilation of the new Voters register means an attempt to disenfranchise members in NDC strongholds.

“The objective is to disenfranchise a significant number of persons in NDC strongholds in furtherance of the Jean Mensa-led EC’s grand scheme to rig the 2020 general elections for the New Patriotic Party,” said Mr Ofosu Ampofo.

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