The Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to do whatever is necessary to protect the peace of the country.
He said as the leader of the biggest opposition party, he was not ready to govern the citizens through war and asked Ghanaians not to misconstrue his passion against oppression, suppression and other forms of human indignity to mean war mongering.
“My commitment to peace is non-negotiable” Nana Addo stated when the National Youth Organisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), People’s National Convention (PNC), New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) called on him at his residence on Thursday to solicit his commitment to peace, before, during and after the December 7 polls.
“Ghana is our only motherland and we must all protect and defend it by any means necessary” our partisan differences should not force us to do the unthinkable by plunging the nation into war,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo also said that the NPP would be the last political party to disturb the prevailing peace in Ghana and urged the security agencies, the Electoral Commission (EC) and other stakeholders to do their work dispassionately, devoid of backing any political parties.
The youth leaders who constitute the Inter Party Youth Committee (IPYC) said the peace programme would be extended to the hot spots such as Bawku in the Upper East Region, Kumasi, Takoradi and Accra, where they would meet the youth advise them to eschew violent acts in the run up to the elections.
IPYC intend to meet the two former Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor for their support and commitment to national peace.
Mr. Ludwig Hlodze, National Youth Organizer of the NDC and chairman of IPYC advised against the use of insults during campaigns.
He said peace has no substitute and asked all political leaders, party members and sympathisers to engage in decent politics to engender peaceful elections.
According to Ludwig some non-governmental organisations were extorting huge sums of money from the international community under the pretext of using the funds to organise workshops for political parties to sensitize them on the need for peaceful elections.
This practice, he said was bad and therefore urged such foreign organisations which to stop supported the these “cheating” NGOs.