A member of the Communications Team of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Gabby Assumeng has blamed reported cases of violence recorded at some polling centres in the ongoing biometric registration exercise on the New Patriotic Party (NPPs) “all-die-be-die” mantra.
To him, the opposition party should be held responsible because some members of the electorates have resorted to violent acts because of their Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo's Koforidua battle cry.
The ongoing nationwide biometric registration, which entered its second phase this week, has been met with a lot of challenges with violence and intimidations, recorded at various electoral centers.
Contributing to discussions on Peace FM's Kokrokoo Morning Show, Gabby Assuming said inasmuch as the reports of violence at the various registration centers are worrying, one cannot rule out the NPPs art of politics-based vandalism as the cause of these brouhaha.
“The violence engulfing the biometric registration exercise is very disturbing and the question all Ghanaians must ask themselves is why this is happening now especially since this is not the first time the country is carrying out such an exercise…I've always said and will continue to say that when Nana Addo came out with his 'all die be die' mantra, all Ghanaians should have condemned it outrightly…if you've taken notice, since Ghanaians especially the NPP heard the 'all die be die' they've this mindset that violence is the only way their party can win power,” he noted.
According to him, when an issue comes up, instead of people finding ways to resolve it, all what you will hear are shouts of 'all die be die'.
When reminded of the incident at the Foase Kokoben Electoral Area in the Bekwai constituency where an NDC agent reportedly shot at and wounded a twelve year old boy, the NDCs Communication Team member simply said “all the violence are in NPP strong holds, Taifa, Okere, besides there is no way someone carrying a gun on him at a polling station will just shot to kill someone if nothing provocative had occurred. I think the all die be die battle-cry has become an albatross around the neck of this nation and we must guard against it”.
However a Deputy Communications Director of the opposition NPP, Samuel Awuku who was also on the show described the NDC representative's analysis as infantile and incoherent.
“How can shortage of registration materials, lateness of electoral officers to registration centers and the reckless shooting of an innocent boy by an NDC activist be attributed to the NPP's 'all die be die mantra,” he asked.