Ningo-Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George, has said the excuses given by President Akufo-Addo for the withdrawal of the December 17 referendum are lame, ABC News can report.
The MP, in a Facebook post, said the withdrawal of the referendum by the President is a deliberate move to run from ‘shame’ realising the outcome is more likely to be disastrous for the NPP.
”Long story short, the President says he is aborting the referendum. Reason being that there is no broad consensus and that the atmosphere is not conducive. Ah, Mr. President paaa. You can run from the December 17th referendum using this ‘lame’ excuses,” he said
He averred that the atmosphere, leading to the 2020 elections will be more charged and the referendum case must be a warning to Nana Addo’s incompetent government.
”There would be no broad consensus and the atmosphere would be even more charged going into December 7th, 2020. This should sound the death knell to your incompetent government and prove to you that the power of the people is greater than the people in power. Watch the momentum build as we change the incompetent change,” he opined.
The NDC, until the withdrawal of the referendum on Sunday December 1, expressed opposition to the move seeking to allow political parties to participate in elections at the district level, only weeks to the referendum.
Concerns were raised over the possibility of 75% of prospective voters voting ‘Yes’ on the election day as it appeared that the campaign for ‘No’ votes, particularly by the opposition National Democratic Congress and other opponents gained grounds.
There were also concerns that the exercise could suffer low turnout as it appeared that many Ghanaians were not aware of the Referendum and its consequences.
The Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference was one of the proponents for an adjournment of the referendum for the Ghanaian population to be better educated on the subject.