The General Secretary of the National Democratic Party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia has indicated that he is baffled by the inability of the opposition New Patriotic Party to overcome the momentary hysteria it suffered in the days following the announcement of the December 7 election results.
"We've lost election before. We know the pain of losing elections so if somebody loses elections, you must give him a cooling off period because then the shock will lead you into some momentary hysteria, some people choose to call it momentary madness."
According to Mr Asiedu Nketia, the NDC, in the initial stages, felt that "after two or three days they will come back into self realisation. They will come back and get away from the period of denial and face reality. But as the time went by, they kept changing the target of their accusation."
In his opinion, the NPP's continued objection to the reality of the election results was worsened when the "outlines of their defeat started emerging" and were forced to contradict themselves with their accusations of who had manipulated the election results.
The NDC General Secretary accused the opposition party of "shifting goal posts on a daily basis" because "in their first statement they were not accusing the Electoral Commission, they were praising the Electoral Commission and expressing confidence... then they quickly moved from that point and then they jumped to a situation where they said that there could have been mistakes in the collation... then when time went on they changed the thing and started accusing Electoral Commission alone. Then the following day they added complicity with NDC. Then the third day they added complicity with media houses and then the fourth day they added complicity with the external observers, international community and all that."
Johnson Asiedu Nketia called on the NPP to desist from causing any mayhem with their utterances and actions, noting that "if the NPP is promising to rule this country according the rule of law, they must have rule of law within themselves otherwise they cannot promise Ghanaians rule of law should they be elected and am sure that is the reason why the nation rejected them in this elections."
The NPP is contesting the results of the December 7 elections and have given indication it will resort to law courts in their search for redress.
By: Philip Kofi Ashon/citifmonline.com