Prez. Mahama Meets Top Security Chiefs Ahead of ‘Judgment Day’
President John Mahama on Wednesday met chiefs of the various security agencies and services in the country at the Flagstaff House.
The off-media meeting was attended by Interior Minister Kwesi Ahwoi, National Security Coordinator Larry Gbevlo Lartey, the Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Chief Naval Commander and the Inspector General of Police.
Heads of Prisons, Immigration and fire Service were also in attendance.
The high-level security meeting came off just hours ahead of the Supreme Court’s pronouncement of final verdict on the election petition case which has been before the apex Court for the past eight months.
Fears of a possible post-verdict conflict has led to several peace initiatives and campaigns by religious bodies, civil society organisations and political parties, aimed at convincing the parties involved in the matter to gracefully and peacefully accept the verdict of the Court.
The Security agencies have all been put on high alert ahead of the verdict so as to forestall mayhem.
A 100-metre no-go perimeter zone around the Supreme Court has been announced by the Police for the Thursday hearing.
Some roads around the Court will also be closed to traffic while hundreds of specially trained Police officers have been deployed to identify flashpoints.
Also, over 30,000 Police Officers have been deployed around the entire country to ensure peace.
President Mahama, first respondent in the election petition case, has always promised to ensure that there is full security ahead of the verdict.
His meeting with the security capos, according to XYZ News sources, discussed final security preparations for Thursday and beyond after the verdict is announced.
The Petitioners – 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Obetsebi-Lamptey – resorted to Ghana’s apex Court to seek redress on last year’s presidential poll results, which, they argue, was not representative of valid votes cast.
They claim the elections were fraught with irregularities and malpractices which robbed Nana Akufo-Addo of victory.
President John Mahama, the Electoral Commission and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) are the respondents in the case.