–Asiedu Nketia Fumes
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is proposing psychiatric treatment for the Ashanti regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for alleging that some NDC activists were bussed from the Northern region to register in the region.
According to him, such ‘frivolous’ claims will only come from a ‘desperate’ person, who is only concerned about winning power in the 2016 general elections.
Some 60 alleged NDC activists, were accosted in the Ashanti Region after the NPP Chairman in the region, Antwi Boasiako claimed he picked up intelligence that the NDC, were allegedly bussing voters to register at the Asawase, Oforikrom, Alabar, New Edubiase and Tepa areas.
Chairman Wontumi, as he is popularly called, handed the culprits over to the Zongo police for further investigations.
He has vowed to make the region a no-go area for the NDC to execute any diabolic plans, in their bid to retain power in 2016.
But in a rebuttal on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Wednesday, Asiedu Nketia said, Chairman Wontumi is an “embarrassment to his party”.
He said, the NDC has better things to do with its limited resources than to bus people from areas, where the limited registration exercise is also taking place.
“If someone comes to register in Kumasi, while the same exercise is going on in Bolga, then that person has a mental problem,” he declared.
General Mosquito, was convinced that the supposed NDC activists accosted by Wontumi at a lorry station, were people who had arrived from the north. “
“The NPP is afraid of its own shadows; they started the bussing of people to registration centers in 2000, so they think we are doing the same thing,” he added.
Asiedu Nketia feared such action taken by the NPP Chairman, if replicated across the country could trigger violence in the country.
Following Chairman Wontumi’s allegation that all transferred Police Personnel to the Ashanti Region are members of the NDC, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr. Yaw Owusu Obimpeh, has responded harshly that the NPP’s regional chairman is probably losing his head.
This allegation was made when about 100 bused fresh voters he (Wontumi) suspects to be members of the NDC from the Upper East Region, were arrested at various electoral areas of the Ashanti Region, attempting to register.
As a way of verifying the intelligence he picked, Chairman Wontumi revealed that he assembled his men at vantage areas to prevent the bused voters from registering their names in the area.
In all, sixty (60) culprits were arrested and thirteen (13) have been handed over to the Zongo Police Station, where they have been made to write statements.
According to an eyewitness who spoke to Peacefmonline.com, some of the culprits confessed to them that they were asked to come and register at the Asawase, Oforikrom, Alabar, New Edubiase and Tepa areas.
Responding to Wontumi’s allegation on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia programme, the NDC Ashanti Regional Chairman, hinted that the arrested youth are from the Northern Region working as porters in the Ashanti Region for survival, as their arrival has nothing to do with voters’ registration.
He stressed that there is nothing wrong with the youth from the Northern Region, who are working in the Ashanti Region to join in the registration to exercise their voting rights in the country during elections; emphasizing that NPP should stop the tribal politics as this will affect the peace the country is enjoying.
“I think something is happening to the head of Chairman Wontumi for him to allege that all the transferred Police Personnel are members of the NDC; he is getting some heat in his head, because how can I identify all the Police personnel in the Ashanti Region as NDC, NPP or CPP members? Do the police officers have identity on their foreheads indicating their political affiliation? He should tell us the police officer in Suame, who led the fresh voters to register in the Ashanti Region. We shouldn’t use lies to do politics, because none of the allegations is true; if he doesn’t take care, something bad will happen in the Ashanti Region,” he warned.
Source: Daniel Adu Darko