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"NDC Will Meet Us Well-Prepared In 2012"


"NDC Will Meet Us Well-Prepared In 2012"

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The General Secretary of the Opposition New Patriotic Party, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie says members

of his party will face the NDC squarely, if they attempt to employ any kind of intimidation tactics in the 2012 General elections.

Mr. Owusu Afriyie, popularly called Sir John, said this in an interview with Citi News, in response to a call on the two main political parties, to be circumspect with their statements.

Professor Kojo Yankah, Pro-Vic Chancellor of the University of Ghana, on Thursday June 23, bemoaned recent expressions by leading politicians, which he said threatens Ghana’s democracy and tranquillity.

The distinguished linguistic expert said the phrase “all die be die” used by the New Patriotic Party Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, and the setting up of a ‘Heroes Fund’ by the NDC, which the party says is meant to assist members who suffer any injuries while undertaking party activities, are bad for Ghana.

Speaking at a public lecture organised by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in Accra on the theme, “Dzi Wo Fie Asem”, Professor Yankah, also condemned the trend where politicians consistently spin expressions and force it down the throats of the electorate.

But Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the NPP General Secretary, appears not to see any merit in Professor Yankah’s speech. According to him, the Linguistic Expert misconstrued the “All die be die” statement.

“It appears to be that the Professor took Nana Akufo-Addo’s statement out of context. If you place it in its rightful context, you will know that Nana Akufo-Addo was not calling people to fight nor was he being irresponsible in the statement that he made. What he said for which I understood clearly was the that, we are not as a political party going to sit down and fold our alms at our back, and allow the NDC to steal ballot boxes, to put the fear of the Lord in people by beating and maiming people at the blind side of the Police and nobody says anything. So he warned that if the NDC does that in 2012, then we will defend ourselves. That is the essence of the “all die be die” concept. He is not calling people to go and fight with no provocation whatsoever, but we are not going to allow ourselves to be intimidated. So if that’s what Professor Yankah understood, then we are sorry” he said.

“We are going to ensure that the people who go to put in the ballot papers in the box deserve better. A party like the NDC has set up a “Heroes Fund” stating to the world that they are encouraging their people to go and fight and kill people, steal ballot boxes and that if they get maimed or injured, then they will be protected because there will be a fund for them.

These are irresponsible statements that Kojo Yankah should have spoken to and certainly not the “all die be” concept. With the NDC’s Heroes Fund, we believe that they have something more under their sleeves come 2012, so if they are determined to steal ballot boxes and fight, they will come and meet us well prepared” he warned.

Source: citifmonline.com



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