The Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has challenged the president to use his office as head of security to deal with anybody engaged in any act of electoral violence and promise, just as he [Nana Akufo Addo] has done, not to spill anyone's blood to retain power.
He also reiterated his promise that the NPP will not have a hand in any act of violence in the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr Akufo Addo who was addressing a huge rally at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region cited recent incidents of electoral violence in some strongholds of the opposition party and tasked President John Mahama to ensure that such cases are investigated and the offenders dealt with if is really committed to peaceful elections.
I have declared to the whole nation on your behalf that should there be violence in this elections, the perpetrators will not be from the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo told the teeming supporters.
We appeal to the president to tell same to his followers to desist from acts of violence for I have said I wouldn’t want anybody to shed his blood for me to become president of Ghana, he continued, speaking in Twi.
The president, who is head of security should also declare to Ghanaians he won’t shed anyone’s blood to retain the presidency, Akufo Addo insisted, he [Mahama] should say that to Ghanaians so that we will all know his preaching of peace is not borne out of mere rhetorics.