The main opposition party, NDC shocked the body set up by Parliament to front the roadmap on ending political vigilantism, the Peace Council and by extension, Ghanaians, when they refused to sign the peace pact put together.
The stance of the NDC has been widely condemned especially by the governing NPP which penned down their signature when the document was presented.
According to the NPP, the National Democratic Congress has wasted everyone’s time by opting out at the final stage after deliberating on the issue for eight months.
“Right from April, we had discussions and agreed. We were given the opportunity to pass our comments months ago. We were invited to conclude on this matter only for you to disappoint us,” the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu stated.
Alex Perceval Segbefia, a spokesperson for the party at the programme, backed by Abraham Amaliba, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Kakra Essamuah and others described the action as premature.
He stressed that the party cannot sign the pact because other stakeholders, including the Electoral Commission, government, Civil Service Organisations, and NCCE have not been made signatories to the said document.
“When you look at the roadmap, it has 22 recommendations. 4 of those belong to political parties. 18 belongs to others namely the government, NCCE, EC, Civil service organizations, etc. None of these are signatories to these documents. We cannot be seen to be signing a document where other parties who play a part do not sign” he added.
But Chairperson of the National Peace Council, Prof. Emmanuel Asante, said his outfit is not worried about the actions of the main opposition party.
He explained that they have taken the NDCs concerns into consideration and would go back to the drawing board in order to address their grievances within the shortest possible time.
“…with this development from the NDC, we will go back to the drawing table as a committee, put their inputs together, have it discussed and then see they will agree to it and append their signature,” he asserted in an interview on Peace FM.
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