Supporters of Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia were stopped from campaigning during Sunday’s Akwasidae festival hosted by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in the Ashanti Region.
The near clashes between the supporters from Dr. Bawumia and Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng was stopped by the timely intervention of security guards at the Manhyia Palace.
The arrival of Vice President Dr. Bawumia and government entourage to the Manhyia durbar grounds turn the 2021 Akwasidae festival celebration into a political campaign grounds amidst singing, drumming and open display of party colours, Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako Justice reported from the festival grounds.
The inner perimeter of the durbar grounds became more charged when the supporters of Dr. Bawumia openly displayed “break the 8 with Dr. Bawumia’’ banners.
The action by the Bawumia’s supporters provoked the Alan camp at the festival who also resorted to chanting at the National Executives.
According to the Alan Supporters, the National Executives have failed to ensure that party members comply with the directive of no campaign in order not to create tension within the party ahead of the various internal elections.
The two supporter groups have threaten a show down during their impending National delegates conference scheduled to happen in Kumasi on 23rd December 2021.
“We will not tolerate any act of “stupidity” here if they dare what they did in Manhyia today at the conference. We will react in equal measure to prove to them that Kumasi is our home,’’ the Alan supporter warned.
Baba Iddrisu, a supporter of Dr. Bawumia also replied that “we are aware of plans by Alan Kyeremanteng’s camp for the conference. So therefore, this is a warning to them. They will overpower us if we remain silent, don’t forget Ashanti Region is their stronghold.”
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Executives say the incident will not go unaddressed adding that “the right decision will be taken in preparation to have a successful National delegates conference.”