Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Minority Leader of Ghana’s parliament and Member of Parliament representing Tamale South Constituency, Haruna Iddrisu has said that there is confusion in the minds of Ghana Police Service, indicating that they have allowed themselves to be used to score political goals.

Lawyer Haruna Iddrisu who was addressing the media following what he described as “social media” invitation by the police over their recent walk to present a petition to the electoral commission could not understand why names of MPs who were not part of the procession were listed among persons being invited by the police.

“I have seen names like Dr. Rawlings, Zanetor, she didn’t take part in the process. The Hon. Adongo, Bolga, didn’t take part in the process. So, somebody somewhere, rehearsed enemies that they are targeting for purpose of humiliation, and to project this as if we are not law-abiding citizens. They should resolve those confusion in their minds and come back properly in accordance with law”, the highly disappointed leader said.

“But, even what is more remarkable and significant is that, the criminals who so declared the results and deny us of our mandate are walking free. What they did is in breach of law. Nobody is prosecuting them. Nobody is prosecuting those who shot and killed the three (3) persons… yet, members of parliament, presenting a harmless petition. And when I said the police is confused, you didn’t understand. They should go and get some training in terms of the law. What members of parliament did, was to embark on lawful procession. Nothing more, not a demonstration. That is why the Constitution in article 21 uses the word, procession and demonstration. In any case, be informed, that the NDC officially notified the Ghana Police Service that the party would embark on a number and series of actions. We are part of the NDC. We took part in a lawful, harmless procession”, he added.

The Tamale South legislator used the opportunity to inform the men in blue that he and his colleague minority MPs shall not honor such invitation, emphasising that that shall not be intimidated by the actions.

He reminded them that there is a proper channel guided by the law to invite them, if there is a need, charging the police to exert it in getting them to answer their questions.

“I woke up this morning to some news in the social media that Haruna Iddrisu and some minority MPs to appear in court. Let me state emphatically, that the minority leader and members of the NDC in parliament are integral part and members of the NDC party, the national Democratic Congress. And we are law-abiding citizens of Ghana. Regrettably, we don’t respond, and we will not respond to social media invitation by the Ghana Police Service. I have not been personally served as is the requirement of the law. And many of my colleagues”, lawyer Haruna stated.

“And therefore, I should only be walking to court, if there was personal service of that writ of sermon. But, I should presume, without fear or contradiction, that the Ghana Police Service is allowing itself to be used as a tool of manipulation. I have repeatedly told you that I am not a coward. And I don’t intend ever to be cowed by any machinations by any person, including the Ghana Police Service. There are some confusion in their minds, they should seek to resolve the confusion (the Ghana Police Service)”, he concluded.

Background:

On December 22 last year, Police officers stationed at the EC stopped the Minority MPs from accessing the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC) to present a petition stating their challenges with the recently held national elections and demanding the immediate collation of the 2020 Techiman South Constituency results.

The NDC MPs were led by Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak who walked towards the EC but they were stopped by the police who insisted they will not allow them proceed beyond a barricaded area.

Some of the legislators were manhandled amidst the chaos and hesitation of the group to retreat.

Part of the petition reads, “the NDC Caucus of the current Parliament is fully aligned with the contention of our Flagbearer, H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the National Executive Committee of the NDC that the results of the Presidential Elections stand rejected and therefore we await further instruction from the party’s leadership in that regard.”

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