The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has advised traders especially those who sell their wares at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, never again to fall for the deceit of the honey-tongued governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to the party’s Communications Director, Solomon Nkansah, the NPP while in position demonized the NDC and the ex AMA boss, Okoe Vanderpuije for decongesting the area and deceived the traders into voting for the NPP during the December 2016 elections, only to come to power to evict them.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly, in collaboration with the police, on Thursday morning embarked on an exercise to ward off hawkers who took over the pavements at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.
Unauthorized structures and settlements around the Kwame Nkrumah interchange at Circle were also demolished.
The affected traders are upset because they were not given earlier notification about the exercise.
Scores of hawkers, illegal settlers invaded the pavement since the New Patriotic Party(NPP) took over the reins of power, but the AMA officials say the Interchange needed to be free and organised and as a result embarked on the decongestion exercise.
Some of the traders have vowed to vote out the NPP in the 2020 election for deceiving them.
But speaking on Kasapa News, the NDC Communications Director, Solomon Nkansah urged the traders to learn not to accept promises made to them in the futire which are only meant to win elections.
“When former President John Mahama ensured the completion of the Interchange there were no people hawking there at the time. The traders started hawking there after the election when they claimed their party has come to power. We all recall how ex AMA boss, Okoe Vanderpuije was demonized for sacking traders from the area and was accused of denying people of their daily bread. Then opposition NPP told the traders no such treatment will be meted out to them which made the traders vote for the NPP. Now the party is in power but today the same thing is happening to the traders under President Akufo Addo’s rule. We should be wary of the campaign promises given just to win elections. This must be a lesson to the traders and Ghanaians in general. The NPP has been exposed for deceiving Ghanaians.”
Solomon Nkansah urged President Akufo Addo and the NPP to publicly apologize to the traders for the deception.