We’ll force you to hand over power – Hanna Bisiw tackles Lord Commey

National Women’s Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has warned the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to prepare to leave office in 2024 because their party will form the next government.

She said the party and its executives have learned a lot from the 2020 general elections, therefore, they will not take chances before, during, and after the next elections to return the NDC to government.

Dr Bisiw’s comment comes on the back of assertions from the Director of Operations at the Presidency, Lord Commey, who has vowed not to hand over power to the NDC in 2024.

Addressing members of the NPP during the party’s Greater Accra Regional Delegates conference last week, Commey stated that his party’s members must do everything possible to retain power because he was not willing to see their government hand over to the NDC.

“If God blesses you with power and you don’t grab it well, you will regret what would happen to you,” Commey noted as he rejected the popular NPP slogan ‘Break the 8’ which seeks to solicit support from party members to retain the NPP in power beyond 8 years.

“Break the 8 has become the slogan amongst us but so far as I live, I won’t break any eight (8)…The power I have, I would not hand it over today nor tomorrow,” Commey stated.

President Akufo-Addo, who won a second term with only a small majority in parliament, and has since been under pressure as the country struggles with economic troubles, wishes to hand over to a successor from his party in 2025.

Commey corroborated that notion and stated that Akufo-Addo had said he wishes to hand over power to a president-elect from the NPP.

But Speaking on the Gumbe show on TV XYZ hosted by Mugabe Maase, the NDC women leader warned the NPP not to try to rig the elections in 2024 or employ brute force to suppress voting.

“They should not dare try because we will face them squarely. We will not sit aloof for these nation wreckers who have messed up the country continue to rule this country. We in the NDC will rise up and save the country through every means possible,” Dr Bisiw stated.

Mahama’s Response

Former President and 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has also responded to the comment of the NPP top official, saying the power to retain a government lies in the hands of Ghanaians.

Speaking in an interview with Global FM in Ho on Monday to begin his ‘thank you tour’ of the Volta Region, Mahama condemned the comment and questioned the rationale behind such thinking.

“What kind of democracy is NPP fostering in this country and when you listen to people like Lord Commey and things, it’s about Power; it’s not about the welfare of the people, it’s not about the will of the people,” he said.”When you get power, you should hand it over to someone. What do you mean by that?”

“When arrogance and power sets in then you hear people speak so carelessly and recklessly. I think it’s most unfortunate and if you listen to some of them, you see arrogance and power have gotten to them,” Mahama jabbed. “It’s not your will; it’s God’s will and the will of the Ghanaian people.”

He added, “whoever wins the election, you must hand over. Kuffour handed over to Mills, I handed over to you Akufo-Addo. I could have made up my mind that I wanted to hand over to an NDC president but it’s the will of the people.




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