The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has petitioned the Ghana Police Service to investigate Bryan Acheampong, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, for his recent comments about the 2024 general elections.
The NDC argues that Acheampong’s statements suggest that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has a plan to subvert the will of the people and that any attempt to resist them will be met with violence.
In a statement signed by the Director of Legal Affairs of the NDC, Abraham Amaliba, the party cited Acheampong’s past involvement in organizing NPP hoodlums to unleash violence on Ghanaians during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections. The statement also included audios and videos of Acheampong’s comments for the police to review.
The NDC believes that Acheampong’s comments are a threat to national security and democracy. The petition calls for a thorough investigation into the matter and for Acheampong to be held accountable for any wrongdoing.
The controversy arose after Acheampong gave a speech to members of the NPP in Kwahu Mpraeso, stating that the NPP would do everything possible to remain in power in the 2024 general elections. He also assured party members that the economy would bounce back and that a deal with the International Monetary Fund would be finalized by June of this year.
The NPP has defended Acheampong’s comments, stating that they were in response to former President John Dramani Mahama’s comment that the 2024 elections will be “do-or-die” and “boot-for-boot.” The NDC has also been criticized for their National Chairman’s alleged comment that lives will be sacrificed in the 2024 elections.
The petition by the NDC adds to the growing tension between the two major political parties in Ghana. It remains to be seen how the police will respond to the NDC’s claims and whether or not Acheampong will be held accountable for his statements.