'NPP is training thugs to disrupt 2020 polls' – Mahama alleges

BY MYJOYONLINE.COM - Oct 11, 2019 at 12:37pm 100

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Former President John Mahama has alleged that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is planning to wreak havoc and plunge the country into chaos during the 2020 elections.

He said he knows of a letter by the Upper West Security Council requesting that some members of the governing NPP be presented for combat training for next year’s election.

According to him, after following up on that letter it has emerged that the party indeed has sent these executives to Asutuare in the Greater Accra Region to be trained.

He has described the situation as worrying, fearing that that singular decision can destabilise the country

He made the allegations when he met with the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) President, Affail Monney, as part of a courtesy call the GJA President has been making to some identifiable groups.

“If you lose an election and you believe that it was free and fair, you don’t any cause to cause confusion. But if you feel that you were cheated, then sometimes emotions can run high,” the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer stated.

Meanwhile, former Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Victor Smith has also made similar allegations in the past.

He said told Accra-based Kasapa FM last month that NPP was taking some party thugs through a three-week weapons training in preparation for the upcoming 2020 general election.

He told host Akwasi Nsiah on Ghana Kasa on Kasapa FM that the thugs being trained at Asutuare Military Training base in the Eastern Region will be crushed if they make any funny move during the election.

“The NPP is training soldiers at Asutuare, we know where they are training some people also here in Accra. The NPP should continue to train and use them and we’ll see what will happen in Ghana...they give them three weeks of weapon training. if they[NPP] want the good of Ghana they should not use these people they are training.

The former Eastern Regional Minister further warned the NPP not to try to rig the 2020 elections as they did in 2016, else there would be total chaos in the country.