NDC warns against removing IGP to influence December elections


The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a stern warning against any attempts to remove the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.


Reports had surfaced suggesting that the IGP had been asked to proceed on forced leave and hand over his duties to his deputy, Christian Tetteh Yohuno, allegedly in connection with the 2023 leaked tape scandal.


The Ghana Police Service has denied these reports, affirming the IGP’s commitment to leading the force as directed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.


However, the NDC remains doubtful and suspects there is an alleged plan to replace the IGP as part of a broader scheme to manipulate the upcoming December general election.


Speaking to Channel One News, NDC Deputy Secretary Mustapha Gbande accused President Akufo-Addo of prioritizing personal interests over national interests. He emphasized that the NDC will not tolerate any attempts to undermine the country’s democratic processes.


“We can assure President Akufo-Addo that any attempt to rig the 2024 election will be resisted by the strength and might of the National Democratic Congress without any regret. There is nothing that will prevail over the will of the people,” he stated.


He continued, “So, if this whole hullabaloo of trying to remove the IGP is about the election, President Akufo-Addo should review his mind and go home as a former president. At least in the minds of Ghanaians, he has made some appointments in the interest of Ghanaians.”


Gbande also praised the IGP’s reforms within the Ghana Police Service, noting, “IGP since he assumed his office, at least if you see the reformation of the Ghana Police Service, you see some seriousness. I have been arrested on a number of occasions by the police. You see some level of discipline, even in terms of the appearance of police personnel. It boosts the image of our country and not the NPP and not President Akufo-Addo. It is not about him, the president; it’s about the country.”


He concluded, “We have pampered President Akufo-Addo into becoming an irresponsible president and it’s high time we say it in his face that he cannot think it’s about him all the time.”

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