The People’s National Convention (PNC) has decried the “creeping trend of hooliganism and thuggery that is gradually but steadily permeating the Ghanaian political space as a result of the high patronage of vigilantism by highly placed political parties and politicians.”
The PNC, in a statement, said the ever-growing political vigilantism menace casts a slur on the image of Ghana as a torchbearer of good governance, democracy and the rule of law in sub-Saharan Africa.
The statement comes on the heels of the shooting incident that took place at the Ashanti regional secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during a meeting of party executives, resulting in the loss of one life and the injuring of another.
The PNC said it is “outraged and alarmed by the spate of lawlessness being witnessed in the country” and has called on the relevant security agencies to step up investigations into the matter to have the perpetrators brought to book and punished accordingly, to deter others.
The PNC’s statement, signed by the party’s National Chairman, Mr Bernard Mornah, said it is sad that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition NDC appear to be engaged in a hasty and needless tussle as to which one of them reigns supreme in terms of political vigilantism, thuggery and violence.
“The PNC is sending a strong reminder to these two political parties that Ghana is bigger than the two of them put together. As such, we wouldn’t sit aloof and watch them destroy this beautiful and peaceful country of ours. If they have nothing good to offer, they better leave the political and governance stage for the PNC to take over the running of the state in a better fashion,” the statement said.
The PNC commended the Ghana Police Service for swiftly identifying the suspects involved in the shooting incident as, according to the party, it demonstrates that the police can live up to the expectations of the citizenry when need be.