The communication director of the National Democratic Congress in Prestea Huni-Valley constituency of the Western region, Mr Kwame Acheampong Bonful Junior has alleged that the withdrawal of the referendum by president Akufo Addo was as a result of external pressure from some high profile Ghanaians.
According to him, relentless pressure from the Christian Council of Ghana, the Muslim communities, pressure groups, the opposition parties and other quarters compelled him to have no choice but to withdraw the much talked about referendum.
President Akufo Addo in his address to the nation on Sunday, December 1, 2019, stated that his government will work to attain a broad national consensus on the referendum because it is as important as the amendment of an entrenched provision of the Constitution, is critical.
He said, “I do not believe that such an amendment should be driven as a party matter. There has to be a clear national consensus and agreement amongst the populace that a particular entrenched provision no longer serves the interest of the people, and, thus, has to be removed.”
But Mr. Bonful believes the NDC strong rejection of a ‘Yes’ vote hunted President Nana Addo to order the withdrawal.