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NPP Committed to Peaceful Transition of Power in Case of Electoral Defeat – Henry Quartey

Henry Quartey, the Minister of Interior, has restated the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) unwavering commitment to a peaceful transfer of power should they lose in the upcoming general elections. This assurance comes amidst concerns raised by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) regarding the willingness of the incumbent Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government to relinquish power if not re-elected.

The NDC had expressed concerns following remarks by President Akufo-Addo, who had previously expressed hesitation about handing over power to an opponent he had defeated in two previous elections.

During a recent press conference, Asiedu Nketia, the National Chairman of the NDC, urged the NPP to ensure a peaceful transfer of power for the greater good of the nation.

Addressing the media in Accra on Wednesday, May 15, Henry Quartey assured reporters that the NPP is committed to ensuring a peaceful electoral process. He emphasized that the party would facilitate a peaceful transition of power should they not win the upcoming elections.

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He stated, “As a politician, as a political party, it is our hope, it is our wish, it is our belief that by the grace of God, the good people of this country, the good work that we have done in infrastructure and in other interventions, they will give us another mandate.”

He added, “Perish the thought, and I say again, perish the thought, if they decide to give their mandate to somebody, we will handover peacefully and walk away, go to the drawing board and come back Insha Allah. But I know that the grace of God abounds and so we shall break the 8.”

Quartey also issued a warning against any form of violence before, during, or after the 2024 general elections, stating that those who incite violence would be dealt with regardless of political affiliation. This comes in the wake of reported incidents of violence at some registration centers during the ongoing limited voter registration exercise, which led to the arrest of the Member of Parliament for Asutifi South, Collins Dauda.

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“Let me sound the warning again, you know my track record, I walk my talk. Anybody who goes to do something other than what is prescribed, we will do our best to ensure that the law will take its course and the court of competent jurisdiction will do its work,” he warned.

He concluded by emphasizing that any legal action taken would not be politically motivated, stating, “May I sound this warning that it will not be political vindictiveness. If anybody commits, whoever the person is, we shall ensure that the law will take its course.”

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