Head of the Monitoring Unit of the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu, has condemned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over their political tussle in the midst of the current pandemic confronting Ghanaians.
NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) and National Identification Authority (NIA) of being in cahoots with the ruling party to rig the 2020 elections.
At a press conference on Thursday, May 14, 2020, the NDC National Chairman claimed the EC’s decision to push for the Ghana card, birth certificate and passport as the primary documents required to register during the voters’ registration exercise is part of a grand scheme to rig the elections in favour of the New Patriotic Party.
“The President seeing defeat staring glaringly at him, he is in conjunction with the Jean Mensa led EC and the Ken Attafuah led NIA desperately scheming to rig the 2020 elections and hold on to power at all cost.
“Not even the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in which requires that we pull together for our collective survival as a nation are enough to deter the actors of this plot from their ungodly act,” he stated.
The governing party’s Election 2020 Campaign Manager, Peter Mac Manu, then fired a sharp riposte.
At a hurriedly arranged press conference on the same day, a few hours after the one organised by their political opponents, he shot back; “the plan of NDC is nothing more than to fabricate grounds for chaos, disunity and fear.
“They are doing this because they don’t have a good candidate and a good story to tell the voters in December. It is that record of a rigged leadership under John Dramani Mahama that the NDC must be afraid of bringing back to face the Ghanaian people for their vote, and not the fake conspiracy to rig elections against them,” Mr Mac Manu said.
Making his submissions on ‘Kokrokoo’ on Peace FM, Charles Owusu called on the NDC and NPP to cease fire and unite to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, there will be plenty of time for political play when the pandemic is over but for now, the pressing need on the minds of every Ghanaian is how to resolve the pandemic and not who to vote for in the upcoming elections.
Charles Owusu told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that the current situation doesn’t call for political banters as the disease doesn’t bear political colors neither does is it a respecter of persons or positions.
“Opposition party doesn’t lose elections. It’s a government in power that loses elections . . . We should take note that we’re fighting an invisible enemy, so let’s put the politics aside.”.
“We don’t play politics with a deadly disease. Who has ever been asked for his/her party card at the hospital before?”, Charles Owusu questioned and advised that ”if we will defeat this pandemic, unless we all unite and understand that we’re fighting against one common enemy and the enemy is COVID-19. I believe we will overcome this pandemic if we come together,” he told the host Kwami Sefa Kayi.