The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has expressed disappointment at the shooting incident at the Baweleshie polling centre in the ongoing Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency by-election.
The party says the incident is not only shameful but a dent on the democracy of Ghana.
National Communication Officer of the PPP, Paa Kow Ackon, told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the action exposes our attitudes as people living in a jungle.
Paa Kow Ackon said the action must be condemned because it was not encouraging.
Commenting on the decision by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to boycott the by-election, he called on the umbrella family to give their support to the PPP so they will defeat the NPP.
‘’The PPP is still in the race; we have not withdrawn. But we will encourage the NDC to give their votes to the PPP so the party will win the by-election,’’ he said.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has officially withdrawn from the ongoing Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
The party from the information gathered withdrawn due to attacks on their members and observers.
The party is alleging that their members were intimidated, assaulted and some persons suspected to be members of the Invisible Forces.
“In the circumstances, I have conferred with the parliamentary candidate and the leadership of the NDC. We have no option than to withdraw from the ongoing exercise,” the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, said at a press conference.
Mr. Ofosu Ampofo said the party’s candidate, Delali Brempong, was being “held hostage” in the area.
“We have seen people in the attire of national security almost ten at every polling station. What they are doing is shooting indiscriminately, attacking people and intimidating people… Some of our people including Sam George have been attacked.”
“As a party, we believe in rule of law. We’ve been in by-elections before and we don’t that we are in a war zone. But this by-election has been turned into a war zone. We cannot subject any of our members to danger because of the election.”
Meanwhile, the NPP says the pull out was premeditated by the NDC.
Yaw Buabeng Asamoah says the NDC has failed their people by chickening out of the process.
He also claiming that the the security operatives were shot at first and there was exchange of gunfire.
He also slammed the NDC for tarnishing the image of the EC.
“Damaging the integrity of the Electoral commission, damaging the integrity of the people who are voting and indeed cowardly and recklessly leaving their people in the field.
“We expect them to lead people who believe in them, there is a substantial number of people who believe in the NDC who have not been led this morning, those people have been abandoned this morning. Those people have seen the worst kind of leadership that any political party can exhibit.
He called on the leadership of the NDC to resign from their position.
“It wouldn’t be beyond them if they should resign because, leadership which is starting out their first challenge is a by-election and they create chaos, imaginary chaos and they walk out of the field and leave their people on the field. I think they have failed and they should unashamedly resign their positions”.