In the Greater Accra Region’s Ablekuma West Constituency, some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party have denounced an attack on supporters of Theophilus Alexis Oyortey, one of the candidates for the constituency’s First Vice Chairman position.
Kingsford Amate, a supporter, was allegedly hit by thugs, resulting in a head injury, when he questioned the electoral commissioner’s mandate, who is also running for Vice-Chairman of the party.
Mr. Odai Parker, the NPP’s chairman of the elections committee in the constituency, who allegedly caused the assault on Kingsford Amate and his comrades, was not pleased.
Members of the party claim that Odai Parker’s actions are in violation of the party’s constitution, rules, and regulations governing the ongoing polling station elections.
As a result, they are pushing for the election committee chairman to be approved by the party’s national executives.
“After suffering head injuries and deep slashes on his body, Kingsford Amate is currently receiving treatment at the Dansoman Polyclinic,” other party members added.
“We think Parker is being shielded by a minister or some national executive members, as evidenced by the party’s deafening silence,” they continued.
Members of the party who are dissatisfied with the situation have petitioned their leadership regarding the actions of the election committee chairman, who also happens to be the party’s Greater Accra Regional Chairman.
Members of the party say they would continue to fight “injustice against those executives who are loyal and prepared to serve the party.”
Internal elections for the New Patriotic Party are being held across the country. Following accusations and counter-accusations, the process has not gone smoothly at certain voting places.
At a news conference, the NPP’s national leadership reiterated its view that members who violate the party’s guidelines will be sanctioned, while those who deface party offices will be expelled.
Odai Parker responds to the allegations leveled against her.
Meanwhile, Mr. Odai Parker, Chairman of the NPP’s Ablekuma West Elections Committee, told the media that all the allegations levied against him and his followers are false.
If residents in the constituency have any problems, he advised them to seek the party’s leadership for redress.
Mr. Odai Parker stated that instead of resorting to violence, rallies, and legal action, members of the party should observe the party’s constitution, rules, and regulations governing election conduct.