CPP Calls On President Akufo-Addo To Mediate In Togolese Crisis
| Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 5:00pm
The Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) has appealed to the International Community to pay attention to recent developments in Togo...“It could have been worse and could get worse if the international community fails to immediately intervene”.
CPP Chairman and Leader, Professor Edmund N. Delle, on Thursday on recently social/political unrest in Togo, noted that “Togo is a ticking time bomb if we fail to act immediately”.
The CPP Chairman therefore called on the ECOWAS, African Union and the International Community to assist Togo resolve its impending political upheaval “We must immediately create a platform for all Political Leaders, Civil Society Organisations, Media, Religious, and Traditional Leaders as well as democratic stakeholders to dialogue”.
“The CPP also calls on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately consult other ECOWAS Leaders to set in motion mechanism for peaceful engagement by all stakeholders in Togo and restoration of confidence in the democratic process.
“Ghana must play a leading role to resolve the evolving Political and Civil unrest in Togo”.
Thousands of Togolese nationals last Saturday August 19, held demonstrations in about half a dozen cities around the world including north of the capital Lome where it turned deadly after clashes with security forces.
The demonstrations tagged: “Anti-Gnassingbe Dynasty Protests,” organised by the opposition Pan African National Party (PNP) were held simultaneously in Accra, Libreville, New York, and Berlin demanding the reinstatement of the Togolese 1992 Constitution which limits the term limit of the President.
The 1992 Constitution of Togo which stipulates a two five-year term limit for a President was set aside by the Togolese Parliament to allow President Gnassingbe to contest Election for the third term in 2015.
Prof. Delle noted that even though demonstrations forms part of a political weapon in a democratic process, “democratic forces must avoid unbridled protest and violent pronouncements which most often ignites hostilities leading to the loss of precious lives, destruction of properties and general insecurity.
“We must reduce the tendency of using violent means to resolve political problems or the heavy arm of the State security to deal with political opponents and suppress divergent views in a democratic environment”.
The CPP Chairman also appealed to President Gnassingbe and the leader of the main opposition, Tikpi Atchadam of the PNP party to work together for the interest of Togolese and strengthen Togolese democratic development.
Besides the reinstatement of the constitution, the leader of the PNP party Mr. Tikpi Atchadam told the media that they want to immediately end the Gnassingbe dynasty which has ruled Togo for 50 years “from father to son.
“It’s like a family property and we are ready to resist that this time”.
President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power since the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema in 2005 who ruled for 38 years.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with radio Ghana, an International Relations and Security Expert, Irbad Ibrahim, says though Ghana does not need to intervene at this early stage in the impasse in Togo, the country and leaders of ECOWAS should prevail on all the parties to ensure peace in Togo.
He asked the Togolese to seek change through the electoral process and not through demonstrations.
Reports say there is heightened tension in Togo due to an increased pressure on President Faure Gnassigbe to step down.
Demonstrations last week led to the death of about eight people.
There are indications that the opposition parties are planning yet another big demonstration tomorrow, which many fear might turn bloody.