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NPP MP Defends Colleague’s Remark about Party Not Handing Over Power to NDC in 2025

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The Abuakwa South Member of Parliament, Samuel Atta Akyea, has come out to defend his colleague, Bryan Acheampong, over his recent remark that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would not hand over power to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2025.

Speaking on JoyNews’ The Probe on Sunday, Atta Akyea stated that Acheampong’s comment was simply political talk and had been taken out of context. He explained that what the minister meant was that the NPP was going to win the 2024 election and break the eight-year cycle of Ghana’s democratic dispensation.

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Atta Akyea further expressed surprise at the reaction of the NDC, who had called for Acheampong’s arrest over the comment. He explained that political language often contained metaphors and that Acheampong’s remark did not exhibit any signs of violence-based characteristics.

The Abetifi MP had made the controversial statement after a health walk on Saturday, stating that the NPP would use whatever means necessary to remain in power in the upcoming general election. He added that if the NDC dares to use threats and brute force in the election, the NPP will show them that “we have the men”.

The NDC’s reaction to the comment has been criticized by some who feel it is “out of place”. Atta Akyea stressed that it was the Electoral Commission (EC) that ultimately determined which party would govern the country, regardless of any politician’s influence.

Atta Akyea assured Ghanaians that Acheampong did not have any intention to undertake any action that would cause havoc and disrupt the peace and stability in the country. He urged all political parties to focus on issue-based campaigning and avoid any rhetoric that could incite violence.

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