National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Volta Region, together with some selected leaders of the party, Monday make their presence felt in the Ketu South Constituency where a team of joint security personnel has been deployed for an operation.
This was disclosed by North Tongu MP, Okudzeto Ablakwa.
The visit, according to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is a move to solidarise with the residents and challenge what he describes as “bigotry” perpetrated against the people by the government.
The largest opposition party believes that the presence of the officers along the border communities from Aflao to Duta, Yame-Lente and the Wudoaba is deliberate attempt by government to intimidate residents from partaking in the new voter registration exercise.
The NDC has alleged that government commenced the “mischievous act” last week by transferring known immigration officers with Ewe names from the Aflao and Segbe borders and replacing them with other officers to do the political bidding of the governing party.
NDC suggests, the officers are said to be openly harassing, intimidating and restricting movement of residents “to the extent of even following them to their abodes without permit.”
“But for the incessant, mischievous and politically motivated harassment being meted out to our wives, sisters, mothers and children, the NDC in Ketu South would have considered the military presence as a normal operation in the national interest.
“Our intelligence has revealed that, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government, in anticipation of the contentious compilation of a new voters register, deployed hundreds of officers from the Ghana Immigration Service, Customs, Police, Military and National Security parastatals to Aflao in the ketu South Municipality to harass and intimidate as part of their grand effort to prevent law abiding people of the enclave from participating in the so-called voter registration exercise,” the NDC said in a statement last week.
“We want to assure the failed NPP government, their agents and assigns that this fruitless but well calculated effort to justify and vindicate the unguided and oral diarrhea Gaggy Okyere-Darko, on his ill-informed statement about the number of registered voters on the Ketu South electoral roll, will not suffice,” the statement added.
Government, through the Ministry of the Interior, has however since denied the allegations.
But, in a Twitter post Sunday morning, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa, who obviously does not trust the government’s response said “we have resolved that all MPs from the Volta caucus in Parliament together with some of our national party leaders shall lead a delegation to Ketu South tomorrow morning.”
He stressed that, “we stand in solidarity with the oppressed and we stand in readiness to confront and defeat bigotry.”