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Afraid Mahama thwarted our demo – Young Patriots fumes
From: Ghana | myjoyonline.com | Isaac Essel          Published On: January 8, 2013, 00:40 GMT
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Afraid Mahama thwarted our demo – Young Patriots fumes

Pro NPP pressure group, Young Patriots is accusing President Mahama of engineering the police's decision to stop it from demonstrating today.

The Young Patriots had planned to hit the streets Tuesday, a day after President Mahama had been sworn into office, but demonstration was cancelled because the police secured a court order restraining the group from going ahead with it.

The group said the demonstration was to draw attention to the legal challenge mounted by the opposition New Patriotic Party against the final results of the December 7 and 8 polls. The NPP claims the elections were rigged for the incumbent president.

The Young Patriots claims the silence of President Mahama on the legal case makes him complicit in the electoral fraud.

Spokesperson for the group, Richard Nyama told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu that President Mahama was “afraid of his own shadow” and therefore did everything within his powers to keep them out of the streets.

The police said they did not have enough personnel to protect the demonstrators, he told Joy News, but added it was ironic that the same police deplored all the necessary accoutrements to “guard an empty Obra Spot” where the protestors had planned to converge.

“Our demonstration would be embarrassing President Mahama if we did it today,” he said the police had indicated to them.

“President Mahama was afraid of his own shadow, you could see it when the swearing-in was being done,” he said. When asked if he suspected that President Mahama ordered the police to stop them, Richard Nyama answered, “he’s is not far from doing that”.

He further argued: “This whole issue is about the lack of the president to acknowledge the court process going on... For Christ sake, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told this whole world that if the court rules against me I will go by it, if they rule for me I will go by it; so he is going by the process. What stops President Mahama from making similar admission?”

He also mentioned the robbery incident at the office of Madam Gloria Akuffo, a member of the NPP' legal team, and two accompanies, and claimed the robbers allegedly tampered with evidence the NPP intended using in court.

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