The Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has expressed concern about the beating of war drums by the NDC and NPP ahead of the 2008 general elections.
The agitations and negative pronouncements on the outcome of the elections, still about eight months away, the secretariat said, showed how confused, insensitive and irresponsible the two parties were.
In a statement signed by Mr. Akwasi Bosompem Boateng, Regional Secretary, the CPP said the antagonistic postures taken by the two parties on the elections which are yet to be held, indicated their resolve to protect their parochial political interests to the detriment of the poor suffering masses in society.
The statement said Ghanaians needed a government that would bring peace, unity, stability and economic progress to the people and there was no doubt that, the CPP, which had now been accepted by the people as the only credible party, would use its mandate to alleviate the plight of the people.
It said the CPP believed in the advancement of the country through the effective mobilization and use of the resourcefulness of the people, especially the youth and would therefore create the needed platform and opportunities for young people to release their potentials in economics, politics and leadership.
Yesterday, as the CPP statement was gaining circulation, the Greater Accra Region Police Commander, DCOP Kweku Ayesu Opare Addo, held a meeting with representatives of the political parties in the country.
The meeting, which laid more emphasis on the Greater Accra Region, perhaps due to its strategic position housing the national capital and the headquarters of all the political parties, discussed the way forward towards peaceful elections.
Representatives of almost all the political parties in the country including the NDC, GCPP, GNP, RPD, ULP and the Eagle Party were in attendance, except the NPP which was conspicuously missing.
DCOP Opare Addo urged the political parties to respect the Public Order Act and educate their followers on how to comport themselves.
Reminding the political parties of the Fadama fracas between the NDC and the NPP, he advised them to inform the police ahead of their activities to enable the police provide adequate security.
“If we were informed earlier, we could have stopped what happened”, he said.
The police, he said, would prevent two political parties from holding events on the same day in the same area.
The NDC, which was represented by General Secretary, Asiedu Nketiah, aka General Mosquito asked the Police Commander if police escorts are available for leaders of the political parties as the NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo seems to be enjoying.
The Regional Commander, in response, said he doesn't control police motorcades and for that matter cannot say much about it. He however assured Mr. Asiedu Nketiah that the police are apolitical and that they would be fair to all political parties. “If any political leader informs us that he is going to a risky place to campaign and for that matter needs security, we are ready to provide…But for police motorcades, I don't control them and I cant say much about that topic”, said Mr. Opare-Addo.