“We are not going to joke in 2020 and I am sounding a warning to the NPP – we are going to match them boot for boot…” – Former President J. D. Mahama.
“For saying the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will match the governing New Patriotic Party boot for boot with violence in the 2020 polls , the former president should apologise” – Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the Ghana Peace Council.
Recently, specifically last Thursday January 31, 2019, a by-election was held in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency to replace the Member of Parliament, Hon. Emmanuel Kwabena Acheampong Kyeremateng Agyarko, who passed on on November 21, 2018.
During the election, some acts of violence were reported at the residence of the NDC parliamentary candidate, Delali Kwesi Brempong.
Later, the former President, John Dramani Mahama issued threats of violence which would characterise the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
He cautioned the NPP and drew its attention to that fact that, NDC members are graduates from the school of Violent revolutions, such as the June 4, 1979 and December 31, 1981 revolutions and that, the NPP cannot match them when it comes to violence.
The Chronicle is reminding him that as he is seriously aspiring to be re-elected as president of Ghana, it must not be lost on him that Ghanaians are naturally peace advocates and are critically watching him to decide whether he can lead the country to the realm of progress and prosperity, with his love for violence.
There is no room for the slightest doubt that peace is an important spoke in the wheel of every country’s development, progress and prosperity. Any politician who has his or her country at heart should, therefore, not entertain any agenda of violence.
Observers believe that, the current administration, headed by President Akufo-Addo is on a serious track of developing the country to the level of modern and prosperous nations and he needs peace to achieve this.
Judging by the rapid performance of the current administration, as compared to the previous Mahama administration, it will not be an over-estimation to say that there is, indeed, a glittering light at the end of the tunnel.
The Chronicle and indeed, many other observers believe that, it is the good performance of Nana Akufo-Addo that Mr. Mahama is fighting against.
But this is not necessary, since all political leaders aim at the ultimate development and prosperity of their countries. The billion dollar question then is – If this is not the case, then what is Mr. Mahama coming to do, if he is re-elected?
Unbiased and discernible observers see that, violence during the 2020 elections will never work in favour of Mr. Mahama, that is, if he wins in the primaries of his party. The Chronicle even thinks that the 2020 elections will be one of the most peaceful elections to be recorded in the political annals of Ghana.
Mr. Mahama believes in victory through violence. President Akufo-Addo’s battle cry is “THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S”, and who has fought against God and won?
The paper seriously admonishes President Akufo-Addo to continue to be focused on his mission and vision of Ghana Beyond Aid, a Ghana without corruption, a Ghana with clean water bodies and undestroyed forests, a Ghana with industries and job opportunities, a Ghana with plenty food to feed her children, etc.
God is on his side and he must not disappoint Him and Ghanaians. He should leave the violence-conscious elements to hang themselves with the long rope they continue to provide.
At the end of the day, his name will be written in golden letters in the history of time.
Meanwhile, the paper joins the National Peace Council in its call on Mr. Mahama to apologise to Ghanaians for his panic-laden sentiments.