General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, wants the coup in Guinea to be a wake-up call for Ghana’s current political leaders.
According to him, the conditions that necessitated the overthrow of former President Alpha Conde last Sunday are similar to the conditions in Ghana.
“I link the similarities of the Guinean situation to the Ghanaian situation so this will be an early warning to us here in Ghana. Yes, we should mend our ways so that we will not go the way the Guineans have gone.
“It is at least an opportunity for us to look at what has happened to people who engaged in criminal conduct elsewhere so if you are not there yet what we have to do is to change our ways,” he said.
He told 3 FM that the similarities include the changing of the constitution in Guinea and the manipulation of the electoral system in Ghana.
He said in both Ghana and Guinea the leaders engaged in ‘rule by law’ instead of ‘rule of law’.
“When the leaders decide to engage in rule by law it means they look at the legal framework, look for the loopholes and manipulate the laws to achieve their wishes and that is what is happening in Ghana now,” he explained.
“It has never happened in the country when after printing the ballot papers, duplicates of disposal and everything have been issued when eventually you see the same printing house printing more than one million votes and when ballots were intercepted the ballots had been printed for Nana Addo, who knows how many went to the field? So there are striking similarities of what is happening in Guinea and Ghana,” he stated.
Since a special military force staged a putsch in Guinea, Conakry these parallels have been drawn with Ghana.
Many believe the corruption under the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration and perceptions of rising impunity and corruption could be triggers for an upheaval.