In a surprising turn of events, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has launched a campaign urging its supporters to arm themselves during the upcoming 2024 general elections. The call was initiated by the party’s Deputy General Secretary, Mustapha Gbandi, who suggested that party members should be prepared for potential confrontations at polling stations.
Gbandi, speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia morning show, advocated for NDC members to equip themselves with weapons, stating, “I have told our leaders that if it will be okay, let’s prepare twice the NPP and wait for them; when you are going to the polling station, put a cutlass in your pocket. That one nobody can misbehave towards you.”
The Deputy General Secretary went further, emphasizing a belief in the necessity of violence in the upcoming elections. When questioned about the potential dangers of such an approach, especially given his position, Gbandi asserted, “if our leaders are going to help me, no one will misbehave.”
Despite the host’s attempts to highlight the inherent risks and the legal implications of promoting violence, Gbandi remained resolute, insisting that the 2024 elections demanded such preparations. He drew parallels with incidents during the 2020 elections and questioned the effectiveness of security measures, urging the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dampare, to focus on practical actions rather than public relations.
In response to concerns about security lapses, Gbandi dismissed the idea, contending that incidents were deliberate and urged for immediate action. “Dampare should stop doing PR and do the work because nobody will sleep in 2024,” he declared.
Gbandi’s call for supporters to carry machetes to polling stations has ignited a debate about the potential escalation of tensions in an already politically charged environment. The NDC’s stance on arming supporters has raised questions about the party’s commitment to peaceful and democratic elections. The public and political stakeholders await responses from the NDC leadership regarding the controversial directive from one of its high-ranking officials.