The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed resentment over what they term as the “bizarre and capricious application of state power” by government in the demolition of an industrial printing press at the Trade Fair Centre.
According to them, the demolishing of the offices and factory of Color Planet Ltd belonging to a journalist, Raymond Archer, is part of an ill-motive agenda by the NPP government to collapse businesses belonging to perceived members and sympathisers of the NDC.
In a statement dated February 19, 2020 and signed by its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the NDC condemned the exercise, describing the President as vindictive and nepotistic.
“We have witnessed the unlawful closure of financial institutions, radio stations, media houses, construction companies and several other local businesses.
“This is clearly an act of cowardice driven by Akufo-Addo’s insatiable desire for vindictiveness and nepotistic totalitarianism. This Demolishing exercise constitutes an act of economic brutality targeted at a hardworking young businessman,” the statement mentioned.
“This follows a similar application of impunity in the unlawful demolishing of a 4 bedroom house belonging to Mr. Mustafa Gbande a Former NDC Deputy Regional Secretary of the Volta Region by a team of National Security and Police Operatives and a host of other such heartbreaking socio-economic rapture of people’s livelihood,” it added.
In view of this, the NDC is cautioning government to desist from the ‘unfair politically-motivated attacks’ on its members, vowing to stage a resistance should it persist.
“At this point, we are convinced this various acts of impunity by the Akufo-Addo government constitute an act of provocation against the National Democratic Congress and its entire membership.
“As a matter of urgency, we demand an immediate cessation of these acts of provocation and intimidation of innocent citizens. President Akufo-Addo must be reminded that when injustice and impunity become law, resistance becomes an inevitable duty of the people,” the statement warned.
Read the full statement below