The Dean of the University of Ghana School of Law, Prof. Raymond Atuguba has revealed that the Break the 8 mantra championed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections is about rigging and terrorizing the electorates.
He said “Break the 8″ has many more elements, even if stealing Election 2024 and installing a stooge is at the nerve centre of it,” he said at the 4th Triennial Conference of the Ghana Studies Association (GSA) under the theme “Ghana at Crossroads” held at the University for Development Studies in Tamale in the Northern Region.
“The elements of the clannish edifice of ‘Break the 8’ number about a hundred, broken down into many thematic areas,” Prof Atuguba stated.
Atuguba in a seven-point presentation disclosed that “Break the 8″ involves the incubation of parallel security forces, some forcefully integrated into some regular forces, and some not, and the use of these guns for hire for all and any forms of physical violence; culminating, some have argued, in their deployment for election 2024, against the backdrop of real or orchestrated evidence of terrorism and violent extremism, for the purpose of restricting freedoms, terrorising the opposition and robbing the election.”
He said “break the 8″ also involves the targeting of all critical national voices, including those in academia, media, civil society, and even faith based organizations, either buying them out, that is, paying them for their silence, or hounding them using the instrument of state force such as the security services, the military and the police, and the instruments of the administrative state, such as the tax authorities and the regulatory authorities, and also aimed at ensuring their silence or support, when the call on election 2024 is made on 8th December that year.”
Below is his seven-point presentation on NPP’s Break the 8
First, a concerted attempt to obliterate or at least devalue, including in the basic textbooks that we use to teach our children the history of our nation, the central role of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the nationalist struggle and the early years of national reconstruction and his enduring legacy in Ghana, Africa and around the world, and to replace that with a very inadequate alternative, their Dr. J. B. Danquah-I will euphemistically call this project, “The Founders of the Nation Project”;
The Second Project, which they euphemistically call, “The Financial Clean-up Project”, involves the identification, discipline, emasculation, strangulation, and destruction of every source of financial power, other than theirs, at a scale and pace never seen in our democratic governance, so that in 2024, they would be able to financially determine the contestants and winners of the elections, in the monied democracy that we run;
Thirdly, the project involves the capture and buy-out of all other parties, and some elements of the major opposition party, again, with financial incentives at a scale never seen in the last 30 years, so that these parties and elements will be at least neutral, and at worse attack dogs of the opposition, and ready and willing to call the 2024 Election for the stooge;