Two friends who are supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have decided to wage a campaign to educate supporters of the two political parties to campaign in a friendly atmosphere.
They said Ghana was bigger than the two parties and their supporters must bear in mind that the future of Ghana, especially that of the youth, was paramount. The two have so far toured Kumasi and Takoradi and several parts of Accra.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra, Frederick Ewiah, aka Joe Beecham, and Yaw Asare, aka Misty, who had respectively painted themselves in NPP and NDC colours, expressed worry over violent clashes between supporters of the two parties. “We belong to different parties but we see no reason we cannot walk hand in hand in our different party colours.
Whether it is Prof John Evans Atta Mills of the NDC or Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the NPP who wins the election, that person is coming to govern Ghanaians and not his political party,” they said.
The duo, who reside at Adabraka in Accra, were spotted at the Cathedral Square on the Castle Road at Adabraka and they later visited the offices of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.
They moved hand in hand and told passengers and drivers along the road about the need to co-exist, irrespective of their political differences. “We are unemployed, and that is the reason we have resorted to this kind of campaign.
If we had money, we would hold concerts and invite the leaders of the two parties to the platform to hold hands, sing and dance in unison for their supporters to realise that political opponents are not enemies,” they added.
The two said Ghana was the only country that Ghanaians could call their own, adding that if the country was destabilised as a result of violent confrontation before, during or after the elections, lives and property would be lost.
They said Ghanaians would be compelled, under the circumstance, to flee the country. The two, therefore, appealed to supporters of the various political parties to see themselves as one people and co-exist peacefully, irrespective of the political parties they supported as individuals.
The two friends appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to support them with cash to be able to continue with their peace march.
Story by Donald Ato Dapatem & Musah Yahaya Jafaru