Chaos greets NDC press conference on Ayawaso by-election

The National Democratic Congress’ media briefing to address the shooting incident in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency has turned chaotic, as some party members besieged the hall where the address by the party Chairman was being read, disrupting the event in the process.

Some party faithful could be seen shouting, heckling and shoving one another in an attempt to get their views across on their stance on the by-election.

The NDC Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, who had a hard time putting across his message, confirmed the NDC’s withdrawal from the on-going Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election, citing physical attacks and gunshot wounds on NDC members at the Bawaleshie polling centre.

According to him, the residence of their parliamentary candidate was besieged by unknown people as though he was under house arrest.

He also disclosed that the Deputy National Youth Organizer of the NDC, Edem Agbana, was attacked at the Legon Hall inside the University of Ghana by thugs affiliated to the NPP.

Speaking at the NDC headquarters, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo displayed AK-47 and pistol bullets, claiming they were evidence of the attacks on the NDC members.

Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, who was surrounded by party executives and sympathizers, explained that the party took the decision to withdraw from the by-election because they were not guaranteed the safety of their polling station executives and party sympathizers who are observing the elections.

He also described today’s by-election at Ayawaso as a sad day for the country’s democracy.

The NDC National Chairman called on the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, as a matter of urgency, to restore sanity to the chaotic incidents happening in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

“Let me indicate that our parliamentary candidate’s house was besieged, there was serious firing and as a result, six people were seriously injured. I personally together with the regional chairman and four members of the national executive committee visited the Legon Hospital, and two of our people were in very critical conditions, and if you see the way blood was oozing at the hospital… you would be amazed that this is happening in Ghana.

“Together with myself and others, we visited the house of our parliamentary candidate, and I must tell you that it took us a hell of time before we could even go in. The parliamentary candidate was almost under house arrest… As I speak he has not been able to step out. We consulted with him, and he said, ‘I don’t want innocent people to shed blood and lose their lives because of this by-election.’

“We had no other option than to recall our party agents from the various polling centres because we cannot guarantee their security.”

Some persons have been arrested by the police following a shooting incident at a polling centre at La Bawaleshie during the ongoing Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election.

There are unconfirmed reports that two persons were shot during the incident, which took place at the La Bawaleshie Presby School.

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