The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Presidential candidate, Ms Brigitte Dzogbenuku, has called off her planned a visit to Ve in the Volta region due to the secessionists activities in that part of the country.
A press statement signed by the party National Secretary, Mr. Paa Kow Ackon, explained that Ms Dzogbenuku who was to visit Ve, had to suspend her planned visit, when news report reached her campaign team that, the secessionist group on midnight of September 28, 2020 had again, attacked the State Transport Company (STC) bus in Ho, and burnt one of the buses.
This clearly, the party leadership said, points to a weakness in the country’s security architecture and poor intelligence gathering system and its usage.
“We believe that there is a direct link between corruption, insecurity and patriotism. The guns and ammunition used by these secessionists come through our borders and road blocks.
“The secessionists live among us and because of lack of patriotism we do not report their activities to the authorities,” the statement said.
It added that the unity of Ghana has been our collective strength and no part of the country can develop without the other.
“Development, we believe, must be distributed equally to all parts of the country for the benefit of all citizens and not just a few. What has happened presents an opportunity for the government to resuscitate its one district one factory promise to provide jobs for the youth, which has been comatose for years,” the statement said.
The party appealed to all those involved in this secessionist agenda to reject armed rebellion and rather engage in dialogue to spare us any further disturbances in the Volta Region.
“We are convinced that genuine and inclusive dialogue, based on respect for the Constitution, would best enable the stakeholders to find a consensual solution to the crisis, preserve peace, consolidate our democracy and the rule of law,” it said.
The party leadership also condemned all acts of unlawful violence committed by illegal armed groups and expect that perpetrators of such dastardly acts would be brought to justice, saying that “it is trite learning that the inability of leadership to deal forcefully with acts of indiscipline, vandalism and what has come to be termed as “vigilantism”, has also encouraged the impunity with which some people act.”
It recommended that the President should address the nation on the general insecurity in the country, and adopt a multi-partisan approach that gives confidence to the citizens to whom he owes the high office.
The leadership of the PPP called for the arrest of secessionists activities in the country.