President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday said he would not tolerate any form of violence in the up coming 2016 general elections.
I am known to be a man of peace and I am committed to peace. I won’t be agent of violence in the elections,” he said.
President Mahama said this when he paid a courtesy call on Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli, at the end of a 3-day presidential retreat in Ho which tackled challenges facing the country and code of conduct for ministers among others.
He said he appreciates concerns from stakeholders on the need to ensure peace before, during and after the elections and said he remained true to the mandate given him.
Ghana’s much anticipated general elections has been assessed as a major determinant of the peace and stability of the West African nation as the contest between the country’s two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) is predicted to be fierce. This is because, if incumbent president Mahama eventually looses in the elections, he’ll become the first president ever to have served a single term in office, but if it takes the other way round, that is if NPP looses, they would be plunged into several years of political opposition as this is the third time presidential candidate, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo is contesting for the presidential post.
Togbe Afede had earlier on appealed to all political parties to conduct their campaigns in a civil manner and tone down their clashes and insults.