The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has refuted accusations of attacks against members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019.
National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, indicated that it was rather the NDC that was creating confusion in the constituency.
“We were on top of this election. The constituency is ours…they knew that they will lose and there was no way they were going to win and they taught the only way was to disrupt it and that is the way they have gone about it,” he said on Thursday, 31 January 2019.
To him “what is even more surprising and they (NDC) have been doing that in many elections; they brought a lot of people from Tamale, armed people with unlicensed guns and weapons, to come and cause mayhem in Accra”.
“This is the most literate constituency in the whole country and you bring armed people to come for a small by-election. It happened in Talensi,” he stated.
Some macho men in NSC-branded t-shirts who are suspected to be members of a vigilante group attacked some voters at the Presby JHS polling station and fired at them.
Accra100.5FM’s Fred Alvis Agbenyo, who was at the scene to cover the event, reported that the macho men, numbering about 200, got furious when some voters started taking pictures of them and videoing them.
According to Fred Agbenyo, the macho men destroyed polling station Basic One and carried the ballot boxes away.