Members of the governing New Patriotic Party have been warned by their 2020 Presidential candidate, President Akufo-Addo to not exchange their safety with excitement as was done in the recently held parliamentary primaries.
Admitting that his party erred, the President who was speaking at his acclamation ceremony on Saturday said “it should not happen again.”
The NPP held Parliamentary primaries in some 168 constituencies across the country on Saturday 20th June, 2020 to elect Parliamentary representatives for the 2020 general elections.
The exercise, which has been described by party machinery as ‘largely successful’ saw large numbers of party sympathizers and leaders breaching COVID-19 protocols such as wearing ofa face masks and maintaining social distancing.
Following this, some Ghanaians, have condemned the government for being ‘two-faced’ in applying sanctions to persons who breach protocols since members of the governing party were left unpunished.
Addressing the issue at the program held at Alisa Hotel, the President described the development as unfortunate and one that should not be repeated as the country confirms 597 new cases, taking case tally to 16,431.
“This past weekend, our party came to the end of the processes that we have to go through to prepare for the elections in December to prepare for the primaries in Constituencies where we have sitting MPs. Unfortunately, in our enthusiasm and sheer unbridled joy, we broke some of the COVID-19 safety protocols. It should not happen again.”