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The flagbearers of the All People’s Congress (APC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Hassan Ayariga and Ivor Greenstreet are calling for police protection for Presidential aspirants as they campaign for the 2020 polls.
This follows provision of 200 police officers to guards members of parliament till the end of the year following the killing of the Mfantseman MP, Ekow Kwansah Hayford.
Hassan Ayariga, the flagbearer of the APC said “We have had the experience of attacks before, twice actually. I was attacked by armed robbers in Wa in the year 2012, the second was in Enchi. In 2016, four policemen were deployed to each presidential candidate, but this year, there’s been nothing. The president moves about with police security. The former president also moves around with police security. So far as we all are running for the same position, we deserve the same form of security,” he said.
He said he has written to the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh for security but has not received any response yet.
“Currently we have engaged private security including the party’s security. We wrote to the IGP three months ago, requesting security for the flagbearer, but we still have had no response.”
The CPP flagbearer, Ivor Greenstreet also said “Currently, we do not have any protection from the state. During the 2016 elections, we did receive written correspondence from the office of the IGP stating the security they will provide for the period which they duly did and was very important during that period of time. I believe that security is important.”
Both were speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News.
Source: Ghana Waves