President Akufo Addo has stated that the New Patriotic Party will not compete with any other political party in unleashing violence on the citizenry.

He has described as “unfortunate and regrettable” the violence that engulfed Thursday’s by-election at Ayawaso West-Wuogon in Accra.

In condemning the act, the president has assured that the police is committed to investigating the chaos in order to bring the culprits to book.

In what appears to be a sharp response to earlier comments made by former president John Mahama, the President said “The isolated incident of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, was unfortunate and regrettable, and I condemn it in no uncertain terms. A by-election should be a peaceful and happy event, no matter how competitive. The Police is committed to conducting a rapid inquiry into the matter, and I expect all persons who are found culpable, at the end of the process, to face the full rigours of the law”.

It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people. Our policy, as espoused by the founding father of our political tradition, is “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen”, and that is what my Government is doing” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a security analyst has advised that measures be put in place to avoid clashes in next year’s general election.

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