A former Defence Minister, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, has said former president John Mahama would not have made his “boot-for-boot” comment if there were no boots already on the ground.
The comment by the former Minister for the Interior comes on the heels of the widely-condemned boot-for-boot statement by Mr Mahama.
While addressing NDC delegates in the Adaklu Constituency of the Volta Region on Thursday, 31 January 2019, Mr Mahama said the NDC will match the NPP boot-for-boot in the 2020 elections if the government attempts to intimidate and harass NDC supporters with violence.
The former president’s comment followed a shooting incident at the La-Bawaleshie JHS polling station in the course of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election on the same day. The NDC accused the NPP of being behind the shooting.
The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, later called on Mr Mahama to apologise to the nation for that statement
While commentators from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) condemned Mr Mahama’s statement, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) defended it.
But Dr Kunbuor believes Mr Mahama’s statement was preconditioned on the fact that there are existing boots on the ground, adding that if those boots were not there, there would have been no need to match them.