Jeff Konadu, the Eastern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed worry over the way the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, is being tagged as a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, Dr Dampare has performed excellently well and that those who have objective eyes will attest to this fact, but instead of being praised he is rather being tagged as an NDC sympathiser just to find the leeway to have him removed from office.
Speaking on Wontumi Radio, Mr Jeff Konadu urged members of the party to desist from tagging the IGP with a political party, but rather focus on what government has achieved on the security front through him.
“If the government was unable to resource the Police, they cannot do some of these things.
So why not take advantage of what the man is doing, rather than antagonising ourselves that he is NDC, which will not help us win the election. Police is police, I agree, but before we came to power in 2000, NDC was with the Police for so many years, but Ghanaians voted for us and they could not do anything.
“In 2016, the NDC controlled everything, but Ghanaians voted overwhelmingly for us and we won. So, what is most important is we should concentrate on building our party base and making sure that our base is strong enough to win the election. All I know is the man has done a good job since he took over as IGP and he is still working,” Jeff Konadu stated.
He further touted the achievements of the IGP and the government. “Are we going to focus on whether Dampare is NDC or GUM and leave our party dormant? For me, let’s focus on building our party base and let’s focus on promoting our party and leave Dampare to do his work. I believe that Dampare has done well and our government has resourced the Police.
Today, our government has resourced the Police and recently they received two helicopters.
“Now, the police have motorbikes and through the efforts of Dampare, he has been able to implement all that. So, if he (Dampare) is doing his work and protecting us as a country, why do we go on saying all manner of things. Why don’t we take advantage of what he (Dampare) is doing.
“In the Eastern region, the Afram Plains armed robbery was a huge issue for us, when women are going to market in the morning, arm robbers will attack and take all their money. All of these robberies have stopped. Dampare has deployed the police to the area and ended the robbery there,” he said.