The National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s Eastern Regional Deputy Organiser, Fohad Agbenyadzi, has asked the Ghana Police Service to summon members of the NPP in the ongoing Assin Borth by-election, or they will be forced to retaliate for alleged attacks on members of the umbrella family.
He claims that the NPP realised they had lost the by-election and used intimidation, violence, and vote-buying schemes to detract from the beauty of the elections.
He stated that he had confidence in the police since the polls opened in the morning, especially after a fake soldier with ammunition was arrested for causing mayhem in the constituency.
However, the police appear to be losing steam and allowing some NPP members to attack people in the same polling station where the fake soldier was arrested.
”The people of Assin North are determined to vote for Gyakye Quayson. They were dissatisfied with how the NPP managed to remove their MP from Parliament. They want to keep Quayson. The NPP has realised they have already lost, so they have decided to use violence and intimidation to find a dubious way to win. A few polling stations are having problems. Two of our national officers’ cars have been destroyed. If the police are listening, they must act quickly. No one person has a monopoly on violence. If the police fail to protect us, we may have to defend ourselves.”
”Members of the NPP are going around some polling stations and attacking our members,” he claimed. The police must handle the situation. An election is not a place to incite violence. We want the constituency to be peaceful after the exercise, which is why we still want the Police to handle the situation.”