National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer hopeful John Mahama has thrown a challenge to president Nana Akufo-Addo to be the first to disband vigilante groups within the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Addressing his final meeting with delegates of the NDC at Drobo in the Jaman South constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr Mahama said Nana Akufo-Addo owes a duty as president to disband his state-sponsored vigilante groups.
His comments come following the gruesome murder of Wasiu Iddrisu by some members of “The Hawks”, an affiliate vigilante group of the opposition NDC.
Twelve suspects have been named in the Monday scuffle and are being pursued by the police.
He said despite all political parties having macho men for the purposes of providing intra-party security, Nana Akufo-Addo is responsible for the introduction of vigilante groups in the country, adding that the NPP, with the president then as opposition leader, brought foreigners into the country to train NPP thugs.
The former president said the government is putting resources of the state at the disposal of its vigilante groups and other political parties are beginning to formulate a response.
Mr Mahama, however, pointed out that the NDC is committed to peaceful elections and would therefore not do anything to threaten nor breach the security of the state.
He also said the NDC has confidence in the state security agencies to provide security at its upcoming presidential primaries and will therefore not deploy any organised party security group for that purpose.
Source: Daily Mail Gh