A key loyalist of Nana Akufo Addo, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region has hinted at the revival of the dreaded violent catch-phrase “All die be die” which Akufo Addo propagated in both his 2008 and 2012 Presidential bid.
Daniel Bugri Naabu, the Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP a few days ago said the upcoming November 7 general elections will be a ‘do and die’ affair for the NPP as a party, giving credence to the often speculated reports that the main opposition party was secretly mobilizing supporters for a possible violent civil uprising if they lose the November 7 general elections.
The infamous Akufo Addo-initiated call-to-arms has been slightly altered to “do and die” by top guns of the NPP.
“Anyone who will try to steal the ballot boxes or do double voting or manipulation; it’s not going to be easy that day because it is a do and die. We have seen that since 2008, 2012 the NDC never won the elections, they only manipulated the results,”Bugri Naabu told Rainbow Radio. http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
He added, “I have to advise my people that everyone must be a policeman that day, to secure the ballot box is safe. We will not allow them to manipulate the results this time around, we will not accept it. The results at the polling station must be a true reflection of what will be declared by the Commissioner.” Bugri Naabu’s prescription has been condemned as a recipe for chaos as party hoodlums are likely to harass innocent voters.
Run up to the elections in November, several NPP chieftains have stated unequivocally that in case of a possible electoral disputes, they would not go to the Supreme Court to seek redress, following their disappointment when they dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) and the ruling NDC to the Supreme Court over what they claimed were irregularities that aided the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama to win the elections.
The party has not proposed clear plan of what they would do in the event of an electoral dispute, further allowing critics to conclude a high likelihood for the embattled opposition party to deploy violence to resolve its possible grievances after the elections.
The party’s arsenals are already on the ready, The Republic newspaper has gathered. The Northern part of the country is home to the Bolga Bulldogs and Bamba boys a notoriously pro-NPP vigilante group known to deploy violence in resolving dispute. These groups are reportedly at the beck and call of Bugri Naabu and top party bigwigs in the Northern Region.
In the Southern part, a sister group known as the Invisible Forces have already attracted negative media reportage for their penchant for unleashing violence on any perceived anti-Akuffo Addo member of the party. These groups are alleged to have been prepared to be at the core of the potential violent occurrences that may characterize the November 7 elections.
Snippets of what the NPP was preparing for was captured in the recent episode of them sneaking in three high level South African Military tacticians to train its “boys” in both armed and unarmed combat.
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) squashed the operations with the arrest and deportation of the South African ‘mercenaries’ but it is currently unclear the level of military training NPP operatives may have received from them.
The upcoming election is seen as an extremely high-stakes election for the NPP which fears that if it loses, the party may forever become irrelevant in Ghanaian politics, while its ageing flagbearer (now 72 years old) who has guided the party to two successive failures at the presidential polls would likely be bidding his farewell to politics in the case of a defeat in November. Several party top guns ave therefore vowed to win this election at all cost, including deploying violence to intimidate the Electoral Commission which it suspects is in bed with the ruling National Democratic Congress to retain power.
According to Bugri Naabu whose fierce loyalty to Akufo Addo is a well known phenomenon in the party, says the NPP cannot trust the Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei to conduct a free, fair and transparent elections in November.
“If you see what the Commissioner is doing, it has shown clearly that we cannot rely on them; because in 2008 and 2012, the EC manipulated the results for the ruling NDC. They have said that, elections are won at the polling stations. So I am advising all our members everywhere, even though the police are there to do their work, we have to be vigilant,” he told Rainbow Radio in Tamale.
Mr. Naabu described the EC boss as an NDC loyalist who was appointed by her paymasters to rig the elections in their favour. “The woman [Charlotte Osei] is just a NDC woman they came and put there. Apart from that, we cannot trust her. She will leave her work and be doing something else. We are talking about a new register and you are talking about a new logo… Madam Charlotte will not be fair, because she is speaking for the NDC now. She is an NDC and there is not doubt about that. If she is not NDC why is she resisting the call for a new register. She will never be fair; as for fairness forget it. She wants to rig the elections for the NDC but our [NPP] eyes are opened now, we are looking at her, whatever she will do, she can’t do it at this time.” http://ghanapoliticsonline.com