Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni in an attempt to douse the growing tension has penned an advice to former President John Dramani Mahama, who is the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress.
According to him, the former president, while making sure he gets his due must also strive to maintain his reputation as the peaceful and tolerant leader he is known to be.
Manasseh’s letter follows the recent utterances by John Mahama suggesting that the NDC is poised to resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission and the ruling New Patriotic Party to rig the elections.
In a Facebook post cautioning the former president about his actions while he awaits final declaration by the EC, Manasseh wrote amongst other things;
“If the election does not go your way, don’t allow yourself to be pushed to soil your reputation as an extremely tolerant and peaceful leader. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that you should condone injustice in order to impress others.”
He added that the former president should use the appropriate channels to seek redress this period;
“If you have reasonable suspicions of electoral fraud and a reasonable amount of evidence to back the suspicions, channel them to the appropriate quarters. Those quarters, no matter how flawed they may be, are certainly better than violence.”
Manasseh is convinced that John Mahama still stands a chance in the next election year if he maintains his reputation this year.
“There is 2024. You will still be younger than the age of your main contender when he first won. You have put up an impressive and admirable fight in this race. There are lessons in this election for you. Your opponents. And Ghanaians,” he wrote.
While the two main parties in the race have resorted to press conferences to vent address their issues, the NDC has been accused of inciting violence for asking their supporters to pour out on the streets to celebrate.