By: Abdul-Iddrisu Faisel | Voltaonlinegh |
A Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the Akatsi North Constituency of the Volta Region, Daniel Sakpaku Gadufia, has been physically assaulted on Tuesday, by staff Sergeant Yayra Azametsi of the Ghana Armed Forces, a security attaché of Dr. Donald Senanu Agumenu, an aspirant in the NDC Parliamentary primaries.
A press release issued by the party leadership in the constituency on Wednesday stated that the actions of Dr. Donald Agumenu (Rawling’s aide) and the military officer were threatening and could distort the peace and smooth running of the Parliamentary primaries.
“We are very displeased to announce to you that the actions of a special aide to Former President Jerry John Rawlings and some military officers he brought to the Akatsi North Constituency to distort the peace of the district/constituency”.
The press statement also gave accounts of how Dr. Agumenu traced and attacked the campaign team of his opponent, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Peter Nortsu-Kotoe while they were campaigning at one of the branches in the constituency.
“On Monday, 12th August, while the Member of Parliament for Akatsi North Constituency, Hon. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe was on a campaign tour in Etekorpe, a community in the Metrikasa Electoral Area, Dr. Agumenu drove to the community with the military officers to disrupt the campaign activities of the MP, an aspirant in the upcoming Parliamentary Primaries slated for August 24th 2019.”
The MP’s campaign team was said to have responded swiftly to foil the attack on Monday.
Following Monday’s incident, Mr. Gadufia, a member of the Legetsi branch and a member of the MP’s campaign team was attacked by the military officer; who slapped the victim leaving his clothes in tatters.
The victim was later sent to the St. Anthony Catholic Hospital, Dzodze where he was treated and discharged.
In reaction, Dr. Donald Agumenu and his team denied the allegations describing the developments as very disturbing coming from a clique within the constituency executive who had decided to take sides in the constituency’s parliamentary contest.
According to Dr. Agumenu, “it is not my nature to apply violence in my bid to serve my people in Parliament. I do not have the power or right to use soldiers as alleged by the false statement issued by Dr. Richard Awudza. I will however not be distracted by these actions. Let us forge ahead in our quest to seek refreshing change for our constituency.”
The Akatsi North NDC Parliamentary primaries is being contested by three people, the MP, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, Dr. Donald Senanu Agumenu and Dr. Stephen Torkpo.