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Ruling party denies recruitment slot allegations

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The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied allegations that its parliamentary candidates were allocated recruitment slots in the security services, dismissing the claims as “baseless” and “politically motivated”.

The NPP’s Deputy Majority Leader, Patricia Appiagyei, responded to the allegations at a press conference, stating that the claims were a “desperate attempt” to incite public disfavour against the government ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Appiagyei emphasized the impracticality of the allegations, noting that absorbing 8,250 recruits into the security forces would be unrealistic. She reiterated that the government’s recruitment strategy prioritizes giving a second chance to qualified Ghanaians who previously applied but were not selected.

The NPP’s Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, recalled the recruitment freeze during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, stating that the NPP has had official advertisements leading to recruitment into various security agencies since coming into office.

The NPP has stressed its commitment to fairness, transparency, and the rule of law, asserting that it will not be swayed by “these groundless accusations” and will continue to work diligently to ensure the safety and security of all Ghanaians.

The denial of the allegations by the NPP comes as Ghana prepares for the 2024 elections, with the opposition NDC maintaining that the allegations are true and calling for an investigation. The recruitment row has exposed deepening political tensions in Ghana, with the NPP and NDC engaging in a war of words.

By Eugene Davis

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