Many people have strongly denounced the violent incidents that were documented during the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) super delegates conference that recently finished.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a North Tongu member of parliament, is the most recent to join. The violence, in his opinion, is unsettling.
He stated that politics should be uplifting and transformative in a Facebook post, adding that violence in Ghana’s politics should not be tolerated.
“Didn’t know the NPP’s ‘BREAKING THE 8’ has become ‘BREAKING OUR BONES’. Really distressing scenes as Frankenstein monsters devour their own. There must be no place for ‘All-Die-Be-Die’ violence in Ghana’s politics. Our politics should be inspiring & transformational,” the post reads.
After calling out voters for allegedly openly displaying their ballots to the other delegates on the grounds – an action that violates the party’s provisions and calls for such votes to be rejected – Ali Zakaria, a campaign coordinator on Alan Kyerematen’s team, allegedly came under attack.
Ali Zakaria said in an interview with JoyNews that he was assaulted by several unnamed delegates, who left him with facial bruises and an enlarged eye, requiring hospitalization.
However, the NPP in the Nort East area said the narrative of the incident had been overblown in a news statement while downplaying the violence.
According to the statement, the confrontation started when the campaign coordinator tried to stop the local youth organizer from placing his “thumb-printed ballot paper into the ballot box.”
John Mahama, a former president, has also criticized the assault.
In a Facebook post, the NDC’s flagbearer said, “Acts of violence during what should be a peaceful civic exercise must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians. Such brutal acts have no place in modern society, especially during an internal contest among persons who belong to the same party and have known each other for many years.”
“This is detrimental to democracy,” he added.
Below is Ablakwa’s post