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RAP accuses NPP for alleged plans to use macho men in elections

 

Accra, Oct. 23, GNA – A group, calling itself the Research and Advocacy Platform, has called on the security agencies to investigate Mr Anthony Karbo, former National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for alleged plans to foment trouble during the elections.

      At a press conference in Accra on Monday to share with journalists an alleged recorded voice of Mr Karbo on a tape, the group accused him of his plans to use macho men to foment violence in the 2012 elections.

     Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Convener of the press conference, explained that what Mr Karbo said on the tape had a lot of implications that could ruin the peace and stability in Ghana before, during and after the December 2012 elections.

     The alleged voice on tape spelt out details of plans to hire mercenaries from some neighbouring West African countries and beyond to instigate violence during the elections.

      Some of the plans included using lies, attacks on vital state institutions as part of a psychological warfare aimed at paralyzing those institutions and rendering them incapable.

      The transcribed version of the tape alleged that Mr Karbo was working to bring macho men from Bujumbura and others from Togo. A number of the macho guys will also come from Benin, Liberia, Nigeria and Libya.

      Mr Karbo, who is also the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Lawra, is heard on the tape allegedly talking to some NPP supporters at an unknown venue where he assured them that he was going to consolidate all the “bad boys” to start instigating some fighting by the second week of October.

      According to the tape, there was going to be a whole lot of warfare in the first and second weeks of November, a period where there would be attacks on national institutions such as the Electoral Commission, the Police, the Military, National Security and the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI).

      “We need to start attacking those institutions. They need to know that we are aware they are going to be used in these elections,” the tape alleged.

      Mr Ofosu called on Ghanaians not to treat the utterance of the NPP leadership as mere political rhetoric, explaining that “the NPP had the intention of making Ghana ungovernable should they lose the elections.”

     Mr Ofosu said the group was going to make formal complaint to the security agencies to investigate Mr Karbo.

     He called on Nana Akufo Addo, Presidential Candidate of the NPP, to come out and condemn the alleged tape recording and take the responsibility of ensuring peace for the country before, during and after the elections.

     Mr Karbo, however, said he could not remember making any such statements or pronouncements anywhere and therefore denied knowledge of the said tape.

     The NPP leadership said they would investigate the tape and come out with their findings as soon as possible.

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