There was pandemonium at the residence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo at Nima, in Accra yesterday, when some supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress on a health walk, diverted their route to his house and clashed with the security there.
They were reported to have thrown stones and bottles into the house of the NPP presidential candidate and were confronted by the security men in the house.
When The Ghanaian Times got inside the residence at about 10am, there were broken bottles and stones on the compound.
There was also a heavy presence of armed policemen from the Formed Police Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT), among others.
Supporters of the NPP, clad in their party paraphernalia, besieged the residence of their leader to assess the situation and offer support.
There were warning shots from some of the supporters of the NPP, who were heard saying, “if the police do not protect us, we are going to protect ourselves from any attack from the NDC”.
Others were also seen with cutlasses and sticks in confrontation with the police, alleging that the police refused to protect them when the NDC supporters attacked them while the leaders of the party tried to calm them down.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)Timothy Yoosa Bonga told journalists yesterday, that the police had information that some NDC youth on a keep-fit walk, came closer to the residence of the NPP presidential candidate and threw stones and broken bottles, which created tension.
He said police personnel were immediately deployed to the area to maintain law and order.
ACP Bonga said so far, no arrest had been made, adding that investigations were ongoing.
He said supporters of NPP angered by the incident, went into to the roads to prevent vehicles from moving, but the police restored calm.
Touching on allegations that the police were taking sides, the Regional Police Commander debunked the claim, stating that the police were professional in their activities.
“When the police arrived at the scene and wanted to go inside the residence to check on issues, the emotionally changed supporters prevented them from entering”, ACP Bonga said.
He assured that the police would be professional during and after the elections, adding that some personnel would be on standby to provide security.
The acting NPP General Secretary, Mr. John Boadu, told the media that party members were dumb-founded by the unprovoked attacks on the NPP by the NDC, adding that “if the situation is not checked, it will create serious problems”.
He said the NDC supporters passed by Nana Akufo-Addo’s house throwing stones at the inhabitants of the house.
Mr. Boadu said when the security in the house went out to check, they saw the NDC supporters and heard gun shots, in the presence of personnel of the Nima police who stood there watching.
He said the party would not tolerate such intimidation and unprovoked attacks from the NDC supporters, adding: “We are sending this warning clear to them, we are not going to continue to tolerate this kind of unprovoked attacks on our supporters”.
Mr. Boadu however, assured that the party’s supporters would not take the law into their hands, and urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor, and his personnel be fair in protecting lives and property.
He said it could come to a point when people might not be able to contain these attacks on supporters in the country.
He said with a few weeks to the elections, the National Peace Council, religious groups and chieftaincy institutions should take up the matter up “before it escalates”.
Meanwhile, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned the action of the NDC supporters who besieged the residence of Nana Akufo-Addo yesterday morning, throwing stones, bottles and other offensive weapons into the house, reports Francis Asamoah Tuffour.
Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, the acting General Secretary, Mr. John Boadu, said the NDC supporters also destroyed electronic posters of Nana Akufo Addo and held his wife and children who were going to church, hostage.
He urged the leadership of the NDC to call their supporters to order, to avoid retaliation from the NPP youth.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi