In the heat of election 2016 campaigning, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region has accused the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) of scheming to disturb the peace in the Region.The NPP has however pooh-poohed the allegations, describing it as “an absurd comedy”. In a press statement released on Tuesday, the NDC alleged it has “uncovered with much shock, wicked plans by the opposition NPP to brand some of their vehicles in NDC colours, few weeks before the December polls”.
According to the statement, a number of vehicles are being branded at a secret location in Kumasi with the aim of using them to visit mayhem and annihilation on innocent Ghanaians.
“This move they are currently scheming is an attempt to hand over to the NDC their unprotested title ‘Olympic medal’ as the most violent political tradition in Ghana’s history,” said the statement signed by spokesperson, Samed Akalilu.
Mr. Akalilu in an interview with TV3 claimed the regional NDC campaign team picked intelligence on the plot Monday night and has since made a report to the Police for further action
“because it has security implication and for that matter the Police and the other security agencies must investigate; it will be premature for me to mention locations”.
The NPP, however, says the statement is full of lies and has urged the public to disregard the statement by the NDC and treat it with all the contempt it deserves.
“This is the most absurd comedy of the century that the NPP will scheme such a thing. Because they are in tune with tribal politics, they want to use this opportunity to do so by dragging the death of the Asantehemaa into it,” said Samuel Pyne, Ashanti regional secretary of the NPP.
He said it will be foolhardy for the NPP to hatch a plan to destabilize its own political stronghold. “It is a categorical no; why should we hatch such a plan to scare away our own people who will vote for us?” Mr. Pyne quizzed. Tension between the two parties has heightened in the run-up to the December polls.
In some parts of the country, violent clashes have been recorded.