President Akufo Addo has sent glowing congratulatory message to new African dictators in Ivory Coast and Guinea,Alassane Dramane Ouattara and Alpha Conde, both of whom had been widely condemned internationally for raping their country’s constitution and imposing themselves on their people for an illegal third term in office, amidst reported election rigging.
In a statement released today, November 10, 2020, The Ghanaian President who is a close friend to these dictators said this about Quattara: “I congratulate the President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, S.E.M Alassane Quattara, on his re-election as President. It is my hope that, within the period of his tenure of office, he will not only help strengthen the already strong relations between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire but also help accelerate the realization of the vision of regional integration.”
The Ghanaian President continued: “It is important that he quickens the process of reconciliation amongst key stakeholders of the political process in order to banish the spectre of potential instability”
He showered Alpha Conde of Guinea in a similar tone: “I wish President Conde and the Guinean people the very best of luck in the years to come, as Guinea unleashes her tremendous potential to develop into a thriving, prosperous democratic state….It is my hope that the strong relations between Guinea and Ghana, which date from the earliest days of our independence, will grow from strength to strength during the presidency of Professor Alpha Conde.”
Yet, these two men had despotically twisted their country’s constitution to allow them to run for a third time in office instead of the enshrined two terms. They have brutally squashed all opposition to the obnoxious bid, leaving several opposition voices killed, jailed, or badly injured, in what threatens to spiral into possible civil wars in those countries.
Indeed, at the time of their adventure, several interest groups had called on President Akufo Addo, the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to step in and advise his friends against their dangerous suppressive move.
The Ghanaian President cum ECOWAS Chair had mostly remained mute, as he seek his own re-election in Ghana.
Whatsup News has seen an October 25, 2020 letter by Thabo Mbeki, the African Union (AU) Patron to Moussa Faki Mahamat, the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, in which Mbeki warned of a potential civil war in Ivory Coast due to Quattara’s tyrannical posture.
“With regard to Cote d’Ivoire this means that AU must pay particular attention to the serious challenge that everything should be done to avoid the AU Member State from regressing to the situation which led to the outbreak of the very destructive 2002-2007 civil war,” Mbeki warned.
The former South African President was explicit in his opposition to Quattara manipulating the Ivorian constitution to impose himself on the people once more. “H.E President Quattara should not run for what would be his third term as he is not eligible to stand as a Presidential Candidate…The Independent Electoral Commission should be reconstituted,” Mbeki told the AUC.
On the same day, on October 25, 2020, a letter was written directly to President Akufo Addo by Dr. Hakima El Haité, the President of Liberal International, a coalition of over 100 democratic and liberal parties within and outside Guinea.
The letter warned warning the ECOWAS Chair to advise Alpha Conde from his unconstitutional attempt to usurp Guinea’s Presidency.
“Africans, across our continent, are waiting for ECOWAS to act. As the president of Liberal International, a world federation of 100 liberal and democratic political parties, I know how important the voice of ECOWAS can be when transgressions on this scale occur. And we should be clear, Mr Chairman, transgressions in the form of electoral irregularities that have led to human rights violations are occurring now,” wrote
Alpha Conde’s main rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo and his followers have been widely reported to have been harassed and brutalised by forces loyal to Conde.
Meanwhile, in Ghana, President Akufo Addo and his governing party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) being accused seriously of secretly manipulating the Electoral Commission (EC) to rig the elections in their favour. This comes amidst massive corruption scandals of the NPP administration.