General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Attik Mohammed has tasked the Ghana Police Service to invite the party’s Chairman, Bernard Mornah for questioning for threatening civil unrest.
By threatening to disrupt a legitimate exercise of the Electoral Commission, Attik Mohammed contends that the Chairman of his party’s comments amounts to treason and violates other portions of the country’s constitution.
He believes that if such comments are allowed to fester, some persons with sinister intents may be emboldened to act out the “unfortunate and reckless” words by Bernard Mornah.
Speaking in an interview on the sideline of a presser held to protest the new voters’ register, Bernard Mornah who is also a spokesperson for the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voters Register, suggested that if the EC does not discard its decision or amend the approach in creating the new electoral roll, they will go down the violence path.
“So people who are already Ghanaians, who are already registered voters are now going to be taken away from the voters’ register, don’t you think that confusion will come at the registration station and when confusion comes there you think the Electoral Commissions staff will be safe? We will beat each other there, we will kill each other there,” he said.
But sharing his thoughts on Mr Mornah’s pronouncements on Peace FM Thursday, the PNC General Sectary maintained that his Chairman must be interrogated by the Police.
“Merely being the Chairman of a political party doesn’t give you the license to spew gibberish. And I’m on this occasion inviting the police that they should invite Bernard Mornah for his comments. If you threaten mayhem if you threaten violence; chairman (referring to the host, Kwami Safa kayi), threats of violence, and the visitation of violence on whoever are both offenses under our Criminal Offences Act.
“And so you cannot threaten mayhem against a state agency doing its work within the limits of the law without the police inviting you. What if they wait and you actually give effect to your threats? And I believe the police administration is not just there to deal with criminals but to ensure that crimes are not even committed in the first place,” he said.
“And so if somebody is threatening mayhem in this country, the person’s insurance cannot be the fact that he is the Chairman of a particular political party. Ofosu Ampofo is standing trial. He is the Chairman of a political party; I do not see the reason why the police cannot invite Bernard Monah,” he advanced.
Attik Mohammed proceeded to emphasize that the PNC is in full support of the compilation of the new electoral roll, a position contrary to the stance of the party’s chairman.
“Individuals can hold positions [and] I think that if you belong to an organisation such as a political party, sometimes party discipline requires that if there is a position of a party, you shelve yours because you don’t work for yourself; you work for that entity.
“But frankly, the PNC is in such a state where there is a little bit of disorder and so you find people acting treasonably to the common good and to the common interest and so I’m not surprised that people will take personal positions contrary to the party’s position, he explained.
“The new registration exercise is a process that is going to deepen our democracy. If we put aside our political interests and speak the truth, I do not see why it is difficult to do a new register,” asserted.