By Fatima Adam
The National Peace Council (NPC) has described as unjustified the attack on the integrity of judges who heard the election petition case brought against the Electoral Commission by Nana Akufo-Addo and two others.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Chairman of the NPC, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asante said the situation where individuals would descend on the integrity of any of the nine judges who sat on the case would only destroy the peaceful atmosphere that the nation has sustained.
'The council, therefore, respectfully appeals to all concerned parties and media houses to refrain from such acts. The NPC wishes to state that it remains committed to working with all national institutions, the political parties, CSOs, the media and Ghanaians to ensure that Ghana remains a model of peace and democratic governance'.
Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asante said even though his team recognizes people's right to exercise their freedom of expression as guaranteed under the constitution, this right should be channeled to consolidate the peace in the country and not otherwise.
He called on the media houses to use their landscape to propagate issues of peace and national development and thrash out matters that temper with the peace of the land.
'I am appealing to the media to focus more on developmental issues, there is more to talk about than politics, there is Ghana after the petition, let's beat the drum of peace wherever we find ourselves', he pleaded.
The NPC used the opportunity to congratulate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for accepting the verdict and members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for what he termed as their statesmanlike manner in which they accepted the verdict.
He also congratulated President John Dramani Mahama and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for their reconciliatory messages.
'The NPC expresses its deep appreciation to all Ghanaians for the peaceful reception accorded to the recent Supreme Court Verdict in the election petition case', he acknowledged.