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Odododiodoo: Bannerman, Nii Lante Vanderpuye commit to peace

The parliamentary candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Odododiodoo constituency have committed to ensuring peace in the constituency before, during, and after the polls.

This comes after the National Commission on Small Arms and Light weapons engaged leadership of both parties following the clash that ensued between NDC and NPP members during a peace walk by the former.

Speaking at the Ballots without Bullets campaign organized by the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, both parties assured of a non-violent election.

The Member of Parliament for the area and parliamentary candidate of the NDC, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, said the Odododiodoo residents are one people and that politics should not divide them.

“I stand here on behalf of the NDC, the constituency executives and the entire membership of our party in the Odododiodoo constituency to commit myself to peace before, during, and after the December 7 presidential elections and parliamentary elections. I do this in the solemn belief that in this constituency, we are a family and as such, I cannot see myself vandalizing, brutalizing and attacking any member of my family.”

“So I stand here to say that we in the NDC are committed to total peace. We want peaceful elections, a peaceful environment so that our people will come out in the numbers to vote on December 7 elections for their preferred candidates.”

On the same peace pledge, the MCE and parliamentary candidate for the NPP, Nii Lante Bannerman also said politics is about development and not violence.

“As a person and a political party, the NPP, we believe strongly in the politics of ideas. We believe that the electorates should be given free will without any persuasions or whatever to decide on who and which party they want to vote for.”

“We are not a violent party, and we will not subscribe or endorse any violence in any way. So I condemn what happened the last time in no uncertain terms but I want to also emphasize that politics is a contest of ideas, developments, and progress and that is what I stand for and the NPP political party also stands for.”

What happened?

Supporters of the New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress on Sunday, October 25, 2020, clashed at Jamestown in the Odododiodoo constituency.

15 persons were wounded following the attack in one of the Greater Accra Region’s known hotspots.

The incident occurred while some NDC members were embarking on a campaign walk on Sunday morning.

The supporters pelted each other with stones, bottles and other projectiles.

The fighting was concentrated on the Atta Mills Highway at a junction called One Way.


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