Gonjaland Youth for Peace and Development, an umbrella body of youth groups seeking peace in the Savanna Region has called on Flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, to concede defeat or seek redress in court over grievances pertaining to the just – ended elections.
The group made the call after launching a campaign with a health walk at Buipe, capital of the Central Gonja District to re-echo the need for and peace and reconciliation following a keenly contested elections.
The opposition national Democratic Congress have since after the declaration of December 7 general elections in favour of the New Patriotic Party and sitting president Nana Akufo Addo embarked nationwide protest, burning car tyres and taking over government installations, actions seen as threats to peace and security of the country.
The Presidential candidate John Mahama has also bastardised the outcome of the elections, describing it as flawed and has since failed to congratulate his main rival in the contest. John Mahama has also called on his supporters to go on rampage in order to defend what he termed as the “integrity of the elections”.
Gonjaland Youth for Peace and Development see the actions of the NDC and its flagbearer as undesirable and affront to stability and have therefore launched the campaign to call on the party’s heirachy to accept defeat or seek redress at the appropriate quarters.
The group amassed on the famous Buipe Bridge, clads in white apparels and carried placards with messages such as We need peace to develop, Go to court, Election Disputes are settled at the law court, Democracy goes with peace, seek redress in court for your grievances and Ghana is the only country you have.
Convener of the group, Ibrahim Mahfuz Sapor in an interview with NTV News, described the nationwide protest by the NDC as unnecessary, questioning why the party has resorted to violent street protests whiles abandoning appropriate channels to address their concerns.
Mr. Sapor also called on the Overlord of Gonja, Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresa I, to intervene by calling on Former President Mahama to move as urgently as possible to take his supporters of the streets.
He served notice the group will embark on similar walk in three days to come at Damongo, the Savanna Regional Capital.