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14.11.2003 General News

NDC Appeals To Nigerian Leadership

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The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the leadership of Nigeria and civil society groups in the country to marshall resources to help the party and Ghanaians to stem the tide of the negative growth in politics, human rights and the rule of law in Ghana.

According to the leadership, the call was borne out of the keen awareness that in contemporary times, Ghana and Nigeria are serving as role models in the task of inculcating in the sub-region and the African continent generally the new culture and tradition of democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

Addressing a press conference at the party’’s headquarters in Accra yesterday, a leading member of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, said that it was the view of the NDC that the two countries should share information and experiences in order to better protect and manage the evolution process which would ensure a more efficient and polemically workable sub-region.

He said it was the assessment of the NDC that these mutually shared intentions were currently challenged in Ghana and the NDC cared enough to inform Nigerians on time so that solutions could be sought about how the tide of political and human rights deterioration in Ghana could be stemmed and improve the political atmosphere for holding free and fair elections in 2004.

Alhaji Mumuni, who is also the Member of Parliament for Kumbungu and Minority Spokesman on Legal and Constitutional Matters, observed that although the party was aware of the doctrine of sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, it believed that in the context of the new era of political accountability, democracy, and good governance, Nigeria had the right to comment and seek to influence political development in Ghana.

He said the NDC administration could be commended in the manner in which it conducted parliamentary and presidential elections, so Ghanaians were observing how the New Patriotic Party( NPP) would perform.

He stated that the party was of the view that the forthcoming elections were a matter which should be subjected to international scrutiny because certain actions of the government left the hint that it sought to influence the outcome of the 2004 elections.

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