Respect the your oath and defend the 1992 Constitution – Togbe Afede to Security Agencies
Accra, Dec. 6, GNA – Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomofia of the Asogli State has called on the country’s security agencies to respect their various oaths, and protect and defend the people of Ghana and the 1992 Constitution without fear or favour.
He urged them to remember that Ghana was not at war and that the elections were a contest between Ghanaians and should therefore respect their various oaths, and protect and defend the people.
A statement signed by Togbe Afede and copied to the Ghana News Agency said: « We will also like to seize this opportunity to remind our politicians to respect the desire of Ghanaians for peace, and our shared desire for happiness. »
It said there was the need for tolerance and a commitment to fair play during the elections, adding, « Leadership is service, and those who truly desire to serve this nation will not resort to violence as a way of securing that right to serve. So, the will of the people, as will be communicated on December 7, must be respected by all who truly love democracy. »
The statement called for a massive turn on December, 7, and that every Ghanaian must come out and exercise the democratic right to vote, and do so in an orderly manner. Indifference will destroy our democracy, and create a breeding ground for undesirable outcomes.
It called on all our chiefs to play their roles in safeguarding peace and unity.
The statement said the Asogli State was concerned about the allegations making the rounds about all manner of ploys, mayhem and kamikaze tactics being planned to create confusion on voting day December 7, 2020, and make impossible the smooth and fair conduct of voting in certain parts of the country, especially Volta Region.
It said in the face of various challenges facing Ghanaians, COVID-19 pandemic, joblessness, and generally difficult living conditions, among others, what Ghanaians needed was hope, not fear.
The statement said: « At this time when unimaginable atrocities are being visited on the black man in various parts of the world, we need to work together to strengthen the peace, and create harmonious living conditions at home, so that xenophobic isolation abroad would not be preferred by our people. »
« So as we prepare to go to the polls on December 7, we ask all Ghanaians to keep in mind our important responsibility to contribute our utmost to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. We all need, at this crucial time, to remember our“ pledge to be faithful and loyal to Ghana, (our) motherland”.
The statement said it was necessary, therefore, to subordinate individual interest and political party loyalty to the national desire for peace, unity and development, adding, « All of our conduct and what we say should help achieve these important objectives. Thus, the need, among others, for a responsible use of social media to communicate information, but not spread misinformation. »
It called on the Electoral Commission to make sure polling station processes and protocols were observed so that no qualified Ghanaian was disenfranchised, and that the elections were ultimately free and fair.