Nobody has the right to ban us from protesting --- Otokunor

Nobody has the right to ban us from protesting — Otokunor

Nobody has the right to ban us from protesting — Otokunor

Nobody has the right to ban us from protesting — Otokunor

The Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otokunor has vowed that the party will contest the ban by the Ghana Police Service which restrain the party from organising further protests in Accra.

According to him, no institution has the right to ban persons from demonstrating, adding that, the move by the police is unfortunate.

“Nobody can ban anybody from exercising their right that has been bestowed on the citizens of Ghana by just issuing a statement and claiming that protesting has been banned.

We all know that demonstration has been enshrined by law, therefore, nobody can prevent us from protesting, nobody can prevent us from expressing our displeasure on the wrongs and the injustice that is been perpetrated in this country.

“We do not know of any court restraining order and if we should receive it, we will contest that restraining order because the court and the police do not have the powers to prevent us from protesting and the law is clear,” he was categorical.

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An Accra High Court on Wednesday granted a request by the Ghana Police Service to restrain the National Democratic Congress (NDC) from organising further protests in Accra until January 10, 2021.

For nearly two weeks, supporters and sympathisers of the NDC have organised numerous street protests following the declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President-elect in the just-ended polls.

NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama described the EC’s verdict as fictionalised to favour the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

His position has since been backed strongly by NDC supporters who have hit the streets to demand that the announcement be overturned.

The NDC is also contesting the result of some parliamentary seats which it said its candidates won.

So far, they have bagged Sene West and have now turned their attention to Techiman South.

But a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Effia Tenge, urged the sympathisers of the party to refrain from engaging in activities that may go contrary to the court order.

That, Mr Otokunor claimed it was illegitimate and the party would contest it to ensure that the right thing was done.

“With what they are doing, this is a very shameful period in our democracy. This is a very dark period that we should never experience unfortunately, we have a so-called Human Rights lawyer as President and he is perpetrating all these acts,” he stressed.


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