Afoko, Agyepong, Sammy Crabbe Expected In Sunyani; 400 Police Contingent Deployed
Ahead of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) extraordinary national delegates’ conference tomorrow in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the party, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, is warning that, the party will not tolerate any unrest at the conference grounds.
The party is afraid that, there could be gunshots, acid attacks and daylight stabbing. These unfortunate events, have already been recorded in the party, with two individuals murdered, while others have sustained various degree of injury. Many have also lost properties including, cars and motorbikes.
“They[the police] have given their words that they are coming to protect lives. We as party members are also going to cooperate with the police.” The party has not known peace in recent times”, said a scared Asomah-Cheremeh.
There are reports that, the suspended National Chairman, Paul Afoko, General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, and Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, would want to attend the conference, which would see the unveiling of the campaign team for the party’s 2016 Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, following its endorsement by the National Executive Committee and National Council of the party.
The police say, they are ready with 400 policemen for the emergency national congress of the largest opposition party, in the Brong-Ahafo Regional capital.
Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh, had in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, said they were picking up signals that, some non-party members, were planning to disrupt affairs on the grounds.
“There are some people who may come in our party politics with the intention to demonstrate to the whole world that they are also members of the party and that they are coming to demonstrate against the progress we are making.”
Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh, said there would be ample police presence on the ground, to curb unrest and ensure that no offensive material is smuggled into the delegate’s conference.
He added that, the police would be on hand to ensure security at the event and prevent any disruption, saying only delegates, will have access to the grounds.
“Accreditation is given to only delegates so those who have in mind to come and disrupt it will not get the opportunity to enter.”
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Brong Ahafo regional police command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Christopher Tawiah, also reiterated the commitment of the police to security at the delegate’s conference, adding the command, will deploy over 300 personnel to ensure that law and order is maintained.
“We have mobilized our men from all the districts and all the divisions and the total number as we speak now is 386,” he said.
Peter Mac Manu, has been named as campaign manager of the party’s campaign team to spear-head Nana Akufo-Addo’s third time bid to be president of
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere, Dan Botwe, who is a former General Secretary, has also been added to the campaign team. Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen, revealed this at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting held on Wednesday.
Other members are; Boakye Agyarko, Ken Ofori Atta, Sammy Awuku, Johnn Boadu, and all national executives of the NPP.