Deal with Yaw Boateng Gyan - Bawumia challenges Mahama


Yaw Boateng GyanDeal with Yaw Boateng Gyan - Bawumia challenges Mahama

08 September 2012

Mahamudu Bawumia, 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has thrown a challenge to President John Dramani Mahama to bring Yaw Boateng Gyan, national organizer of the ruling party, to book over his plans to plunge the country into chaos during the December polls, if he is truly committed to peace in the country.




According to Dr Bawumia, the NDC organizer’s comments serve as a test case for President Mahama’s resolve to ensuring peace in the upcoming elections, adding that the comments by Yaw Boateng Gyan have implications on the nation’s security and ought to be treated with all the seriousness it deserves.

“Anything that threatens peace and stability in this country should be dealt with,” Nana Akufo-Addo’s running mate said.

“I think this is just not talk, but action, and as we are heading for elections, I will like to see a very swift reaction by the President to bring to book Yaw Boateng Gyan for this statement and the people that he was conniving with to destabilize the security of this country.”

He continued, “The President has said that he is committed to peace and I will like to see a demonstration of the sincerity of that commitment in dealing with this particular issue of plans to infiltrate the security to disturb the security of this nation.”

The NPP running mate threw the challenge in an interview with Citi News from the Brong Ahafo Region where he is currently campaigning.

Mr Boateng Gyan has admitted being the one speaking on the leaked tape, with National Security Coordinator, Gbevlo Lartey, serving notice his outfit would invite the NDC kingpin for questioning.

However, NPP National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has cast doubt over the neutrality of National Security Coordinator in investigating the matter, since his office has also been implicated in the alleged plot to visit to cause mayhem.

He stated that “this is a straight forward police matter and not the National Security body that has already been implicated in the tape itself.”

According to Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey, the police are the first line of defence regarding the nation’s safety, stressing that they should be empowered “to move against anybody, no matter how high or low in any political party.”

“The police refused to move in Chireponi, they refused to move in Agbogbloshie, they refused to move in Tamale, Atiwa and in Akwatia. All these places, the police have so far refused to move,” he recalled.

He further stated that Mr Boateng-Gyan’s comments need no intelligence capacity to access the tape “because you can get it from the radio stations that have been playing it.”

The NPP national chairman admonished the Police Service to “actually start taking some serious actions and show the people of Ghana that it will move no matter whose office is involved.”

Meanwhile, human rights advocate, Ken Agyemang Attafuah, also remains unconvinced about the ability of National Security to investigate the matter.

“I think it is imperative that state security agencies do their job and do them manifestly transparently…this is not one of those instances where some covet facilitation or some other very secretive, measured or approaches…to investigation is warranted,” he said yesterday on Joy FM.

Prof Attafuah also charged President John Mahama to set up a multi-partisan commission with representatives from the security agencies to probe the development “so that it is clear on the face of it that nothing has been hidden and that we have a clear verdict and assurance.”

The legal luminary and Criminologist said the Ghanaian people needed “assurance that their vote will count; that the integrity of every single individual vote will not be compromised through acts of impropriety.”

Fiifi Arhin




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