The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind the recent market fires.
In a statement signed by NPP signed by NPP General Secretary, John Boadu and issued Monday, the party said there are strong indications that the opposition party is resorting to the move to create tension in the country.
“For instance, the NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, is on record to have incited his party foot soldiers to undertake series of “overt and covert operations” including setting markets ablaze and embarking on armed robbery attacks in order to create fear and sense of insecurity in the country. Ofosu Ampofo is of course being prosecuted in court for this treasonable comment, and the court has established as a matter of fact that it was his voice in that leaked tape.
“Beyond the NDC National Chairman, mention can also be made of other leading members of the NDC including their 2020 flagbearer, John Mahama as well as their party executives, who are also engaged in this exercise of inciting their base to create mayhem and make the country ungovernable particularly after their humiliating defeat at the 2020 polls. Equally, social media is awash with messages from some misguided members of the NDC, threatening to burn markets in order to ventilate their outrage at the outcome of the 2020 elections, which they are disputing,” the statement said.
The statement stressed: “As a matter of fact, there is an abominable Facebook comment which has been making rounds on social media attributed to one of their guys, who used the name, Daniel Tee, threatening that, “we are burning down Kantamanto tomorrow”. He made this comment on 15th December, and lo and behold, on 16th December, these hoodlums executed the act and burnt down the Kantamanto market.
Whiles commending the Police for arresting one of the suspected arsonists behind the Kantamanto fire outbreak by name, Daniel Dah Kormlah, who had been identified as an active member of the opposition NDC, we also implore the police to immediately arrest Daniel Tee together with all his accomplices and make them face the full rigors of the law.
“It cannot be gainsaid that the burning of the nation’s market can only be an execution of their widely publicized “overt and covert operations” as proclaimed by their leaders before, during and after the 2020 general elections which have, rightly so, been described as the most transparent and peaceful elections in our recent history”.
Meanwhile, Eric Adoglah, driver of Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) Peter Boamah Otukonor has been arrested over recent market fires.
The suspect has however been denied access to legal representation after his arrest this dawn.
Speaking to Starr News, a member of the NDC legal team Victor Adawudu said all attempts to have access to his client has been denied.
He said the government is using the security services to intimidate members of the opposition NDC following their rejection of the outcome of the December polls.