Minister of Defence Dominic Nitiwul has touted the democratic credentials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and insisted the ruling party is more democratic than the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The NPP tradition, he said, is borne out of democracy because the founders believe in democracy and therefore the party will be the last to trample upon Ghana’s democracy.
The Minister was responding to allegations the government is recruiting and training mercenaries at the Jubilee House to use them to disrupt the 2024 elections.
The Minority in Parliament at a press conference on Tuesday, November 8, alleged the government has tasked one DCOP Asare to recruit and train thugs to chaos and mayhem in the country and blame the political opposition.
According to the Minority, the events of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election where state-sponsored armed thugs visited mayhem on innocent Ghanaians makes the allegation, revealed by Kelvin Taylor, very relevant and worrying.
Hon. Nitiwul, however, rebuffed the allegations and argued such character is not part of the NPP DNA.
He said, “We are the last to organize thugs. You put the two parties together and see who can manage thugs. We will not organize thugs today or tomorrow.”
“It is not in our veins, and we don’t even know how to organize thugs. So we can’t even organize them and we have no intention of doing that,” he stated.
Mr. Nitiwul vowed that as Minister of Defence, nobody would be allowed to introduce thugs to the Jubilee House under his watch.