The Inter Party Resistance Against New Voters Register (IPRAN) made up of some political parties have mounted a spirited defense for the presidential candidate for National Democratic Congress, Mr John Dramani Mahama in the wake of the disturbances after the 2020 elections.
According to the IPRAN ,the call by some clergy and peace council asking former President John Dramani Mahama to ensure should be directed at President Akufo-Addo because he lost the election but hanging on to power .
At a press conference in Accra during which they called for an audit into the 2020 election ,they contended that if Nana Addo is forcing himself on the Ghanaian people and therefore sitting on the National Security Council,he should ensure there is peace.
The General Secretary of the EGLE party,Mr David Arthur who read the statement at the press conference, indicated that six innocent Ghanaians have been killed by thugs of the NPP and it is therefore the President who should ensure peace by bringing the perpetrators to book .
He said the Peace Council were quiet when innocent civilians were being maimed in Odododiodo,Ablekuma Central ,Sefwi Wiaso and Techiman South which has led to heighten tension following the rigged election but have found their voices to rather asked the Flagbearer to ensure peace.
"You have left the president who is the chairman of the national Security Council and commander in chief of the Ghana armed Forces and blaming the tension in the Country on a responsible citizen who have been cheated in an election",he stressed.
"National peace council was quiet when innocent citizens were shot in Techiman South, Ododiodoo, Savelegu and Ablekuma Central where eight people died by those unprofessional police and military men. They never found their voice during those killing but can conveniently call on president Mahama to ensure peace", he added.
"This hypocrisy and dishonesty by some section of our society must stop. When it's the other political party they go mute",he further noted.
In his opinion , the Peace Council should also direct their appeal for peace to the Electoral Commission also for causing the problem by rigging the election for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
"IPRAN therefore call on the national House of Chiefs, the Ghana Journalist Association, the State Security, Ghana Bar Association, Labor groups to also speak to ensure the electoral commission do the right thing",he said.
"There must be an independent audit of the election results, to clear doubt in the minds of all Ghanaian", he urged
For him, It is sad that for the first time in Ghana's history the EC has come out to admit there were errors in the declaration of the presidential elections results they hurriedly declared.
"The flip-flopping of the EC and the change of figures on the Electoral Commissions website is a clear indication that the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections is completely flawed. This among many other reasons is why IPRAN wants the EC to engage the political parties involved to resolve all issues regarding the presidential results together with an independent audit firm, so that the EC can declare fair, credible and transparent presidential results acceptable by all the parties involved" he said.
"What we witnessed in this year's election are clear signs of an ailing democracy and an apparent erosion of all the gains we have made in our democratic practice since 1992 and the EC must take immediate steps to redeem its image by allowing for an independent audit into the process to vindicate them or otherwise on the results they announced, especially if they are convinced they did a good job to clear the huge doubt in the minds of every Ghanaian, especially those in the NDC party", he stated.
Electoral crises all over the continent , he noted, stems from the fact that major parties in the election felt cheated. "We want the peace council to know true peace is not merely the absence of tension: it's the presence of justice" as Martin Luther King puts it, he submitted.