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Peace Council reacts to Asiedu Nketiah’s ‘betrayal’, gunshots at Mahama’s office allegations

The National Peace Council of Ghana (NPC) has reacted to claims by the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, that the betrayal by the council was among the reasons the party won’t congratulate President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his 2020 election victory.

In a statement sighted by GhanaWeb, the NPC stated that reports of the statement by the NDC chairman, who was the party’s General Secretary in 2020, are creating a wrong impression of the council’s role.

The council indicated that it met the leadership of the NDC at every instance the party called on it in the run-up to the announcement of the 2020 election results, even in the face of danger and attacks.

It also refuted the assertion that it agreed to organise a meeting between the NDC, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the international community, and the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to check some of the election results, as Asiedu Nketiah is reported to have said.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the meeting at the office of the former President, H.E. John Mahama, did not conclude with a decision or suggestion for the NPC to organise any meeting between the NDC, NPP, International Delegation, and the Electoral Commission to check the pink sheets as has been purported in the news.

“The Council would therefore like to correct the impression created because of the said publications,” parts of the statement, which was issued on Thursday, May 9, 2024, reads.

The council statement also narrated the attacks its members suffered and the events that led to the shooting at Mahama’s office as follows:

“On the evening of December 8, 2020, the then General Secretary of the NDC, in a press conference, called on the Peace Council to intervene in certain grievances that he had put out in the public domain. In response to that call, the NPC attempted several times to reach the General Secretary for a possible meeting on their grievances. When it was not possible to reach him by phone, the council moved to the NDC head office later in the night for a possible meeting with the leadership of the NDC. However, the NPC was attacked by a mob at the NDC office, and one of the vehicles of the Council was damaged.

“Immediately after the members left the NDC office during the attack, they received a call from one of the leading members of the Party for the members to come to the former president’s office the following day at 10 am for the proposed meeting.

“On December 9, 2020, the NPC had a meeting with the NDC at the Office of the Former President, H.E. John Mahama. The meeting was progressing peacefully until about 40 minutes into the meeting, a mob intruded on the meeting to disrupt it. After some intervention by the leadership of the NDC, the mob left the room and continued with gunshots within the compound of the office of H.E. the former President. One of the vehicles conveying members of the NPC was also damaged on leaving the former President’s office.

“At the meeting, the NDC expressed some concerns and disagreements that they had with the election results being received at the EC Strong Room. They requested that the NPC should convey their concerns and disagreements to the EC.”

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