Minority protest against terror visited on MP

The Minority in Parliament says it is concerned at the continuous “intransigence” of activists of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in unleashing terror on supporters and sympathisers of the opposition National Democratic Congress party across the country.

It claimed that the latest person to suffer the never ending attack on NDC members is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wassa East, Isaac Adjei Mensah.

A statement signed by the Minority’s Ranking Member on Communications, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, MP for Sanerigu said Mr Adjei Mensah at the confirmation meeting of the President’s nominee for the Wassa East District Assembly at Daboase, was assaulted without provocation.

The Minority alleged that Mr Mensah was accused of undermining the DCE nominee for which reason he failed to secure the two-thirds of votes of assembly members required for confirmation.

“Immediately after voting was concluded, the MP and his team were taken hostage at the event by a rowdy group of activists loyal to the nominee, until police reinforcement escorted the MP out of the venue,” the Minority group claimed.

“In the process, the mob pursued the Mr Mensah and his team throwing rocks and other missiles, smashing and denting the MP’s Toyota Land Cruiser badly. Luckily the team was able to flee the scene with no injury,” the Minority stated, adding that the incident has been reported at the Sekondi Police Divisional Headquarters.

Notwithstanding the serious nature of the incident, the statement said “no arrest have so far been made,” adding that “assembly members who were suspected of voting against the nominee and perceived to be NDC sympathies were also attacked and could have been lynched by the mob but for the timely intervention of the police.”

The statement noted that the tagged assembly members linked to the NDC have been threatened by the mob and told not to return for the second ballot of the assembly to confirm or reject the nominee.

“The Minority is by this appealing to the IGP to take the requisite steps to deal decisively with the actions of the unruly NPP supporters in the area and to offer protection to the MP and the affected assembly members,” it demanded.

It wondered why inspite of assurances from the NPP leadership, including the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that such attacks would be brought under control, the attacks seems to have no end in sight.

The Minority wants the President and the leadership of the NPP to give meaning to their commitment to peaceful coexistence by calling members of the NPP to order.

 

By Julius Yao Petetsi

 

 

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