President John Dramani Mahama has said the government would ensure one of the most peaceful elections that Ghana had ever witnessed come December this year.
He stressed that the electoral process would be transparent, free and fair such that the outcome would be acceptable to all Ghanaians.
President Mahama said this when delegation from the People’s National Convention (PNC), called on him at the Castle, Osu in Accra.
The delegation, which included Dr. Edward Mahama, former leader of the party, Alhaji Ramadan, Chairman and Hassan Ayariga, presidential candidate of the PNC, was at the Castle to express their deepest condolences on the demise of late President J.E.A. Mills and to pledge their support for the new President John Mahama.
President Mahama stated that though the late President Mills was a man of many sides, he would be fondly remembered for his peaceful and tolerant nature. “He will go down in history as one of the people who consolidated the nation’s democracy.”
Government, he said, would seriously consider calls from sections of the public to immortalise the late President Mills as a fitting memorial, after the funeral activities.
“Others have suggested a library while some have suggested a statue, we will take into consideration about finding a means to immortalise him,” the President said.
He thanked the PNC delegation for their empathy and show of support by their flagbearer when he went to meet the late President Mills as he returned to Ghana after under-going medical check-up in the United States of America.
Dr Mahama, after narrating his encounters and experiences with the late statesman said, “We should not wait long to do something concrete to immortalise him, if we recognise him, other politicians will see that a good name is better than riches…let’s find a way to celebrate his life.”
Mr Hassan Ayariga, on his part, said the late President was a man who saw Ghana first before any other person. “He showed us how to be tolerant, honest and how to live together as one nation.”
“It is time we appreciated our illustrious sons when they are alive rather than when they are dead,” let’s sacrifice everything and wish him peace as we go through the 2012 general election,” Mr Ayariga added.
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