The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin says the demonstration staged against the ratified military deal between the United States and Ghana will not influence the President’s decision to sign the pact.
“No, the president won’t change his mind. It won’t change anything,” Mr. Arhin told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday.
Hundreds of Ghanaians mainly supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) hit the streets in the capital, Accra, Wednesday – March 28 – to protest against a Ghana – US military defense cooperation agreement.
The demonstration, organised by a group calling itself the Ghana First Patriotic Front (GFPF), is against the military pact, and a one-sided Parliament for ratifying it.
The Ghana – US defence cooperation agreement gives American soldiers unimpeded access to certain key installations and in return the West African country will earn $20 million by way of training of its soldiers and equipment.
The demonstration was given momentum after a leading member of the largest opposition party the National Democratic Congress was arrested by the police over treasonable comments.
Mr. Koku Anyidoho in a radio interview served notice the President Akufo-Addo administration is likely to be overthrown similar to a coup d’état witnessed in 1972 against his father.
“There will be a civilian coup d’etat. There will be a social revolution and the movement is starting on Wednesday,” said the deputy general secretary of the NDC.
He has been charged with high treason.