Confusion rocks NDC youth press confab

The groups engaged in the free-for-all

The groups engaged in the free-for-all

What was supposed to be a peaceful press conference by a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) affiliated group, Action Movement, nearly turned chaotic yesterday when another NDC youth group gatecrashed the programme.

But for the timely intervention of some members of the Movement, who calmed down tempers, the exchange of words would have generated into exchange of blows at the International Press Centre.

The Movement, which has dominated media space lately for its criticism of the party leadership, held the conference to express concerns on issues that led to the party’s defeat in the 2016 elections and other matters.

The gatecrashers, about five in number, began the trouble when they intermittently interjected the address of the spokesperson of the Movement, Kodzo Hamenya Keglo.

At a point when he did not agree with an assertion by Mr. Keglo, one of the gatecrashers shouted “It is not true” and accused the movement of being part of the party’s defeat.

This infuriated some members of the movement who attempted to drag him out of the conference room, leading to about 10 minutes of scuffle between him and members of the movement.

One of his colleagues in an interview after the confusion said they gatecrashed the conference in the interest of the party and debunked accusation that it had been sent by some leading members of the party.

 

Mr. Keglo addressing the conference called on the Kwesi Botchwey committee investigating the party’s 2016 election defeat, to immediately release its report.

He observed that the anger from party members across the country was of great concern and any delay of the report would cause more harm to the party.

“The insults and the gunshots that the Kwesi Botchwey committee experienced on the field during their work is clear evidence that our people are not excited at all.” he stated.

He said the group supported Victor Smith’s call for the national party chairman and his entire executives to be voted out.

He chastised former President John Mahama for defending his appointees despite their actions which led to the party’s defeat and called on him to be specific on what he meant when he said he had taken responsibility for the party’s defeat.

“If JM does not come out immediately for what he has taken responsibility for, then it won’t be morally right for him to organise himself as a candidate for the party. JM must not dare 2020 if he does not clear the air for what he has taken responsibility for.” he said.

By Jonathan Donkor

 

 

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