The independent candidate of the 2016 election Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY) has said that instead of the country being plunged into violence during the December 7 elections the presidential candidates should rather die.
He was speaking at the ceremony to sign the peace pact which was held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
“I would wish that the seven of us should be killed and the nation have peace rather than the nation destroyed.”
This speech drew a thunderous applause from the crowd present at the event.
rers for NDP and CPP respectively were overheard at the background saying “we are not ready to die.”
JOY blamed all the violent occurrences on the deep-seated ethnocentrism in the country.
“Our ethnicity which sometimes the political parties capitalise on, it is a latent polarisation and when you bring the partisanship and ethnicity it is just like petrol and fire.”
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“That is why the independent presidential system is actually the solution to this apprehension,” he campaigned.
He asked that all Ghanaians work for the peace of the country and avoid complacency using Kenya and Ivory Coast as examples.
The Peace pact was signed by all seven presidential candidates to indicate that they will accept the electoral results even if it does not favour them. The pact also gives them the opportunity to seek legal redress if they are unhappy with the results of the upcoming elections.