The national headquarters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday witnessed yet another ugly scene when some rowdy supporters of the party heckled the General Secretary,Kwabena Agyei Agyepong.
He escaped unhurt, but his vehicle was vandalised, resulting in the rear windscreen developing cracks.
During the melee that lasted a few minutes, the hostile supporters banged the General Secretary’s vehicle persistently, amidst the raining of insults and curses.
The General Secretary was at the head office to serve notice on his colleagues not to hold a National Steering Committee meeting slated for that morning, because of a pending court case against the party.
It is believed that it was this action that might provoke the angry reaction from the supporters who were quickly mobilised.
The Ghanaian Times gathered that Mr Agyepong had told the meeting about a pending suit filed at the Accra Human Rights Court against the party, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, himself and others against the suspension of the National Chairman, Paul Afoko.
Mr Agyepong then read out the writ of summons, to members present and left the conference room to his office.
It was further gathered that Mr Agyepong was served with copies of the writ in his house by court bailiffs yesterday, after three persons filed the suit at the court seeking an interlocutory injunction to restrain Mr Freddie Blay as Acting National Chairman of the party.
They are also praying the court to restrain Mr Blay from convening and attending meetings without the National Chairman (Mr Afoko) being the convener or taking decision at any meeting not convened by Mr Afoko, until the final determination of the case.
The incident happened at about 10.30am, when Mr Agyepong had left his office and went to the car park within the premises of the head office to drive off.
The supporters who had gathered around the place began hooting at him and later banged the car until he managed to speed off onto the main road.
The Deputy National General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen in an interview indicated that the party’s resolve to defend the National Executive Committee’s suspension of Mr. Afoko.
According to him, the party was determined to get rid of its members whom, he said were in bed with the ruling National Democratic Congress’ administration.
“We (the steering committee) had a successful meeting last night and have taken firm decisions to ensure that the party’s hierarchy constitute people who are rather willing to help the party to win power in the 2016 general elections,” he said.
Nana Boahen said the party was ready to face any court action instituted against NEC, adding that, “we have for sometime observed the awkward behaviour of some senior members of the party, hence our decision”.
Meanwhile, the party has condemned the attack on Mr Agyepong saying the action was uncalled for.
A statement signed by a Deputy Communications Director, Perry Okudzeto, said the party disassociated itself from the action and promised to replace the damaged windscreen, whiles investigation continue into the matter.
By Ian Motey