The oppostion National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for the Awutu Senya East, Phyllis Naa Koryoo, has narrated how she narrowly escaped beatings from her opponent, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) at a registration centre at Kasoa in the Central Region.
The MP, Mavis Hawa Koomson who is also the Minister for Special Development Initiatives invaded the Steps to Christ registration post in Kasoa in a Gestapo style with her personal guards and fired gunshots that led to chaos.
The Electoral Commission’s (EC) registration officers had to run for their lives as the Minister caused mayhem amid the burning of motorcycles belonging to some NDC members.
The Minister later admitted on Accra-based Adom FM that she fired gunshots at the registration centre, saying “I don’t know the type of gun I used.”
“It was my gun. I fired my own warning shot,” she said in the interview and alleged the NDC had bused some persons toregister in the constituency.
But revealing how freightening the incident was on Dwaboase on Power FM, Naa Koryoo, who started receiving death threats from some unknown persons months before the registration commenced, observed that her opponent has the penchant for violence.
“When I got to the registration centre, I greeted her [Hawa Koomson] and went on to distribute water and snacks to my party agents only to begin that and hear gunshots,” Naa Koryoo told host Kwame Minkah.
She went on, “when the place became chaotic, the Minister threatened to assault me. She said if I hadn’t been manhandled before, she’ll personally beat me and show me a lesson.”
Mavis Hawa Koomson, who has been under fire to resign, has told some journalists she had to fire the shots to scare away the NDC members whom she alleged had organised people from outside the constituency to take part in the registration exercise.
According to eyewitnesses account, at least 15 men stormed the venue and tried to sack some applicants, suspected to have come from outside the region.
Hawa Koomson has said she will ‘not allow non-residents to come into the area to choose the next MP’.
But Naa Koryoo has rubbished the allegations, stressing that it is rather the NPP men linked to Madam Koomson who always bus people from outside the region to register in the constituency.
“She has been doing that always and the people know about it. Hawa Koomson knows she is about to lose her seat because despite the resources at her disposal she has virtually nothing to show the People,” Koryoo noted.
She said the residents who have been threatened and intimidated by Hawa Koomson’s “thugs” are discerning and would reward the NDC for their hard work in the constituency, especially under the erstwhile Mahama administration.
To her, she is not discouraged by the threats and intimidation, only to accuse the Police of not being fair in dealing with the violence being meted out to the NDC members in Kasoa and its environs.
Akufo-Addo Loves Violence
Meanwhile, the National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo has urged all his party’s agents to be wary of the violent nature of the ruling NPP in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise.
The youth leader, who bemoaned the pockets of violence in some parts of the country since the compilation of the electoral roll begun, observed the ruling party has deliberately hired the services of thugs to intimidate NDC agents without provocation.
Condemning the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) “bandits” for their mayhem, Opare Addo said the party had no choice than to prepare for them whenever they visit the registration centres, stating most that the police and military personnel protecting the centres have been compromised.
“Don’t forment trouble at the centres but when you go to there and they [NPP thugs] attack you, protect yourselves and face them,” he said on Inside Politics on Power FM.
Opare Addo told host Mugabe Maase that, ” the police have shown they are NPP police officers; same as the military personnel stationed there to protect people. Because of this the law mandates anyone to protect him/herself when attacked and how to protect yourself isn’t defined. You only have to make sure you are not bullied.”
Denouncing President Akufo-Addo’s “seeming silence” on the attacks on NDC members, Opare Addo observed the EC’s registration exercise has exposed the violent nature of the President– the so called a human rights activist.
“The president is a lawyer who claims to be a human rights advocate yet he glorifies violence regardless of its effects because he benefits from it,” he accused.
He continued, “Let’s remind ourselves of what happened at Ayawaso West Wuogon and reflect on who benefitted from the violence. It was the NPP.”
It will be recalled that the NDC withdrew from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections on January 31, 2019 after some thugs in police truck attacked some NDC men, including the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George.
Opare Addo noted, the report of a Commission the President set up to inquire the circumstances that led to the bloody elections was partly rejected by Government.
“Akufo-Addo set up a commission to find the cause of the brute act but turned around to reject the report that cited some.of his appointees for wrongdoing and recommended that they be punished,” he added “if this person doesn’t adore violence then I don’t know what it is.”
Acts Of Violence
The NDC’s misgivings come at a time their party members have suffered attacks at, Ledzokuku, Krowor, Ekumfi, Tano South (Ahafo Region), Ayawaso West Wuogon and Awutu Senya East–where gunshots from suspected NPP thugs are heard at registration centres almost every 48 hours.
4 persons have been arrested by the police to assist in investigations following incidents of gunshots and the burning of motorcycles belonging to NDC agents.
The incident occurred at the registration centre situated at the Step to Christ polling station.
The NDC has accused Minister for Special Development Initiatives who doubles as MP for Awutu Senya East, Mavis Hawa Koomson, who has admitted firing shots today, as behind the bloody attacks in the area.
At Ledzokuku, the NDC in the Greater Accra Region has issued a stern warning to the ruling government over its “deliberate” attempt to intimidate NDC members and their agents in the ongoing Electoral Commission’s registration to refrain from the act or they retaliate.
The party has condemned an attack on its Parliamentary Candidate for Ledzokuku Constituency, Ben Ayiku, over the weekend which resultantly led to the arrest of some NDC executives in the constituency.
Addressing the press in Accra Monday, the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Youth Organizer, Amos Blessing, complained of how some military operatives from Teshie Southern Command and un-uniformed men led by one Captain Dominic N. Nakpaja invaded the personal office of Mr. Ben Ayiku, which is currently being used as a collation Center for the party in the constituency for daily printouts and reports for the ongoing registration.
They then arrested the constituency Chairman and Oragniser under the instruction of the MP for the area, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye.
Several NPP-sponsored violence have also been reported in the Damongo, Banda and Ayawaso West Wuogon constituenclies.
Last week, renowned actor and parliamentary candidate for NDC at Ayawaso West Wuogon, John Dumelo expressed concerns over the violent attacks on his agents, indicating his agents were brutalized by persons linked to the NPP candidate Lydia Alhassan in the presence of Policemen.
“Should she continue to remain indifferent to the concerns raised that she has been made aware of severally, alternative reliefs within the confines of our laws will be sought by this Campaign team to ensure the protection of all constituents from acts of thuggery and hooliganism,” Benjamin Avornyotse, spokesperson for Mr Dumelo’s campaign said in a statement.
In Banda in the Bono region, the registration exercise related violence reportedly sponsored by the NPP candidate who also doubles as the CEO of Middle Belt Development Authority, Joe Danquah, led to the death of one person and got several others injured.
According to the MP of the area, Ahmed Ibrahim, the deceased was a teacher training graduate who was returning home after completing his course, adding that his brother was also attacked by the thugs at his residence at Banda Ahenkro.
Police is yet to arrest the persons behind the bloody act, raising eyebrows and suspicions in the area which has been described as a hotspot for violence.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com