National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has called on members of the Security Services who are to partake in the Special Voting exercise on December 1 to vote for him.
In an open letter to the Security Services, John Mahama said a vote for him will be a vote for “fair treatment, rapid promotions, national unity, and a mutual sense of belonging within the security services, and across the nation.”
According to him, the Akufo-Addo led government has sacrificed time-tested conventions, rules and regulations in the Security Services and all sectors of the nation.
He said, “Discipline has been compromised and morale weakened in the Services. Promotions are no longer based on merit. To make matters worse, a culture of silence hangs over the security services due to the infiltration of partisan elements. Such is the level of impunity of the President’s private militia that they can assault officers and non-commissioned officers and get away with it.”
To remedy the situation described, the NDC flagbearer stated that when voted into office it will be a high priority to depoliticize the Security Services and restore discipline and transparency in the affairs of the Service.
“I make a commitment to the security services that – come January 7, 2021 God willing – under my administration, we will not only ensure depoliticization of the security services but also restore both discipline and transparency to raise morale. This is my solemn pledge to create opportunities for you, not just a few,” he said.
John Dramani Mahama further called on the “few who may be tempted to do the bidding of the powers that be” to rescind their decision and “choose to work in the larger national interest.”
“I urge you to join the crusade to rescue the nation and restore a sense of national calm and unity.”
He pledged to be “a Commander-in-Chief for all when voted as President of the Republic of Ghana.”