A demonstration christened ‘AAGBE W)’ by a group calling itself The Inter-Party Coalition in Defence of National Sovereignty is currently ongoing at the principal streets of Accra.
According to the group, the demonstration is a response to the violence which disrupted the by-elections at Ayawaso West Wuogon on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Bernad Mornah said the purpose of the demonstration was to effect the immediate resignation of the IGP, David Asante Apietu and the Minister of State in charge of National Security, Mr. Bryan Acheampong.
According to the organizers of the demonstration, they commenced at the Obra Sports, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, made a stop at the Ministry of Interior and are currently at the Police Headquarters. They will end at the Flagstaff House, where a petition will be presented to the Vice President.
Meanwhile, the former President, John Dramani Mahama, has endorsed the demonstration and called on all members of the National Democratic Congress to participate in it.
In a tweet on Wednesday, he wrote: “I welcome the Initiative of the Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty and I encourage all members of the NDC to participate in tomorrow’s demonstration. Let’s show to the world that we stand for peace and that the violence displayed at AWW has no place in our democracy.”
Hundreds of demonstrators, seen dressed in red and black attire includes the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia and the Chairman of the PNC, Mr. Bernard Mornah, clad in red and black have taken over the principal streets of Accra Thursday.
Some notable personalities among the demonstrators include the Former Minister for Communication, Dr. Edward Omani Boamah, the former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Sylvester Mensah, NDC Women’s Organizer, Dr. Hanna Louisa Bissiw, the former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur and Member of Parliament for Klottey-Korley Constituency, Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings.
The demonstrators are wielding placards bearing various inscriptions with political undertones. Some read “Bloody MP,” “Ghana is no longer safe,” “We can’t sleep under violence,” “Stop killing us,” “Nana Addo the useless one,” etc.
Some youths, however, turned the protest into a carnival show as they were seen dancing in a frenzy to music blaring out of loudspeakers.