The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has warned the ruling NPP over the pockets of violence that have characterized the Electoral Commission’s (EC) voter’s registration exercise, saying they have reached a stage where where “complains and talks are no longer an option.”
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Youth Organizer for the NDC, Amos Blessings Amorse, disclosed this while reacting to what he described as “intimidation and attacks” being perpetrated by NPP thugs on his party members in the region.
This comes after an attack on its Parliamentary Candidate for Ledzokuku Constituency, Benjamin Ayiku Narthe, over the weekend which resultantly led to the arrest of some NDC executives.
Amorse noted some military operatives from Teshie Southern Command and un-uniformed men led by one Captain Dominic N. Nakpaja invaded the personal office of Mr. 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, and arrested the constituency Chairman and Oragniser under the instruction of the MP for the area, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye.
The MP who also doubles as a Deputy Minister for Health accused the NDC of registering people in the office and allegedly send the military to the NDC man’s office but were fiercely resisted by residents in the area as the officers were unable to produce any search warrant.
According to Blessing, the un-uniformed men were later identified as members of the NPP’s Invicible Force who locked up the NDC’s Parliamentary Candidate who was at the time in a meeting with some traditional leaders and confiscated the desktop computer in the office.
As a result, the Constituency Chairman and Organiser were held in custody by the CID who was in charge of the case saying it was an order from above to keep them.
“In some instances, these NPP thugs, under the guise of National Security Operatives, openly beat people in the presence of State Security officials. In all of these sordid spectacles, no action has been taken by State Security agencies mandated by law to protect innocent citizens on who’s sweat and toils they feed,” he disclosed.
However, Amorse who denied the claim and told host of Dwaboase on Power FM, Kwame Minkah that the NDC would not hesitate to retaliate as a defence mechanism.
“We won’t complain and talk again,” he warned and stressed the NDC will face the NPP thugs squarely.
The party has therefore accused President Akufo-Addo of being the brain behind the arrest and intimidation because their executives who were whisked away were later released on unconditional bail.
“It has gotten to a stage when the NPP intimidate you, you must intimidate them back, when they slap you, you slap them back because that is the language they understand,” he stressed.
He explained the Constitution has a portion which talks about self-defense, adding “He “When you are attacked, you must defend yourself”.
The NDC is infuriated because party members have suffered attacks in some areas across the country, including Ayawaso West Wuogon and Krowor in the Greater Accra; Ekumfi in the central Region; Tano South in the Ahafo Region and Awutu Senya East–where gunshots from suspected NPP thugs are witnessed at registration centres almost every 48 hours.
4 persons were arrested Monday by the police to assist in investigations following incidents of gunshots and the burning of motorcycles belonging to NDC agents at Kasoa Monday.
The incident occurred at the registration centre situated at the Step to Christ polling station where incumbent MP, Mavis Hawa Koomson had visited.
The NDC has accused the MP who also doubles as Minister for Special Development Initiatives for the dastard act that disrupted the registration exercise and got EC officials fleeing for their lives.
The MP later admitted on Accra-based Adom FM that she fired the gunshots.
“It was my gun. I fired my own warning shot,” she told Adom News, in an interview on Monday.
She said she witnessed intimidating scenes at the polling station, with some motorbikes making furious turns around the center, citing that as a reason for her dastard act. But the NDC has debnied the claim.
Besides, several other NPP-sponsored violence have also been reported in the Savannah Regional Capital, Damongo, Banda and Ayawaso West Wuogon constituencies.
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.
That was after the NDC chairman for the area, Bismark Aborbi Ayittey was attacked by some men believed to be NPP macho men.
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