Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram constituency, Samuel Nartey George, has stated that the recently released report on the Emile Short Commission ‘s findings about the violence at Ayawaso West Wuogon during a bye-election exercise earlier this year do not surprise him in any way.
In a statement, the maverick politician who was captured on viral video being assaulted by some men believed to be National Security operatives on January 31st, 2019 during the bye-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon, made it clear that his long held expectation as regards the recent Commision’s report has just been brought to bare.
“The position of government in the accompanying White Paper reinforces my long held view that the dastardly actions of January 31st 2019 had the tacit approval of those who occupy the highest office of the land”, the statement in part read.
The mp also thanked the members of the committee for their service to the nation as he believed that his party, the NDC was going to officially react to the report at a later date. “I believe my Party, the NDC and other stakeholders would speak about the White Paper in more specific terms”, the statement added.
Mr Nartey George also entreated Ghanaians to expect more violence in future electoral exercises as he believed that occupants of higher offices in the land had demonstrated clear endorsement of such dastardly acts giving government’s reaction to the infamous Ayawaso bye election incidence through an earlier released White Paper by government. According to Mr Nartey George, violence was the only tool the government had in securing a second term in office.
He crowned his statement by positing that his only assurance and hope were derived from the bible as he quoted Psalm 109 : 8b which reads, “Let another take his office” and finally prayed that the country be empowered to resist what he called ‘the oppressors rule’.
Ghanaians may remember very horrible incidents that took place at ‘La Bawaleshie’ school park earlier this year when a bye-election was held at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency in the Greater Accra Region following the untimely demise of sitting member of parliament for that constituency, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko.
Following the disturbances, most of which were viral on social media, the president of the republic Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo set up a commission of enquiry chaired by former CHRAJ Commisioner Justice Emile Short to look into the matter and report on same. The commission has long completed its work and the findings submitted to the president.
The government after obviously deliberating the findings has in turn released the report to the public domain. Discussions are expected to the rife by sections of the public in the coming weeks.