Our differences does not make us enemies - Hon. Francisca Oteng
The MP was at the prayer conference held by the Mamponteng Local Council of Churches on Sunday to seek peace from God during the upcoming elections.
The Member of Parliament for the Kwabre East Constituency, Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah has divulged that politicians should not let their different opinions concerning national issues disturb the harmony that fastens Ghanaians, especially in this election period.
The MP advised that peace is the essential element necessary for the safety of individuals therefore people should also not avail themselves as hunters to interrupt Ghana's freedom irrespective of who and how they are influenced.
“We have a few weeks to go to the polls and decide who Ghana’s next ruler would be,” the MP said.
“Bad people take advantage of the times to do things unworthily which affects lives. I want to remind us that Ghana is one and we have nowhere apart from this peaceful country hence the need to protect and preach the message of peace to our people," she added.
The Mamponteng Local Council of Churches on Sunday, October 18, 2020, held a prayer conference at the Methodist Church ahead of the upcoming elections in the name of peace-seeking to remind politicians of their role to the people during the election, which is decided not through violence but diverse opinions of constituents.
Hon. Francisca briefing the press reminded that world countries are looking up to Ghana in times of electoral dealings hence the need to uphold and defend the good name of the country through sanity. She advised citizens not to fall for the schemes of unpatriotic sons and daughters of mother Ghana to rob constituents delight through politicians selfish quest for power.
“Ghana is a pacesetter of peace and we need to preserve that legacy.
“In case I employ you to attack an electoral area, lift a ballot box, peel off political candidate’s posters and do things that are bad, you don’t have to accept me as a good person. Why do we have to succumb to the selfish interest of others and engage in a riot? Apart from the nation as a whole, citizens require peace to keep their lives safe. We might have different opinions in politics but that shouldn’t affect our peaceful existence as people and a nation."
She reflected on the good initiatives of the New Patriotic Party in the Kwabre East Municipal and called on Ghanaians to extend the stay of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to do more in its second term of office.
“We have constructed eight roads, two stadia, school building and many others to come. There is the need to continue what we are doing in order to make Kwabre great,” she added.
The Senior Pastor of the Assemblies of God Church and the chairman of the Local Council Churches in Mamponteng, Rev. Alexander Darko expressed fulfilment for the intended purpose of the program although organisers were let down by some political representatives failure to attend without notification.
He advised Ghanaians not to be perturbed ahead of the polls but should explain to others on the significance of maintaining peace before, during and after the elections.
“The terrain has been tensed due to the battle for power and we believe prayer to God is the only key to calm down anxieties,” he said after the program whiles briefing the press.
“It was needful that such a program will be organized to speak a message of peace and remind each other of how worthy it is to maintain such harmony.
“One thing that I'm sad about is that the political parties’ reps failed to show up apart from the NPP.
"We must understand that the election is all about expressing a thought. It’s not a matter of waging war. The fact that we are not in one party does not make us enemies.
"Let us take the election results also in good faith to upgrade Ghana's peaceful status," he said.