Deputy Minister of Defense, Major (retired) Derrick Oduro has accused former President John Mahama of heinous moves to run down the current administration before international communities on claims that government is clandestinely training thugs ahead of the 2020 polls.
“As a former President who wants to lead Ghana, you are deliberately telling lies just to make government and Ghana unpopular before international communities”, the Minister fumed.
According to the former President and 2020 flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, the ruling government is training thugs to disrupt the 2020 general elections
But the former military officer who gas disputed the claims if the former President disclosed that his utterances smacks of desperation and a deliberate attempt to make the government of the day unpopular.
“This is a blatant lie. As former president and former Commander-In-Chief of Ghana Armed Forces, John MaHama should know that the military will no way allow any political party to train thugs at their camp”, Major (retired) Derrick Oduro spoke on Kumasi FM’s Nana Yaw Mensah Joel in an interview.
Former President, Mr. John Mahama recently alleged that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is training thugs in batches at Asutuare to cause mayhem during the 2020 polls.
Speaking about electoral violence during a visit by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr Mahama said he prays the level of violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election is not repeated on a nationwide scale.
“We remember what happened in Ayawaso West Wuogon. I pray that, God forbid, nothing like that ever happens again. But you know the issue of vigilantes, especially one party is training vigilantes. I remember at the time of Ayawaso West Wuogon, there was a letter that came out asking party executives to bring able-bodied people to be trained as security. Since then, we have evidence that those people have been to Asutuare and trained in batches over and over again in all kinds of combat techniques and other things.
It’s is a worry that Ayawaso West Wuogon will be repeated on a larger scale than it did”, Mr Mahama, who is the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ 2020 flagbearer alleged.