There were chaotic scenes in Asante Mampong on Wednesday as New Patriotic Party (NPP) members surprisingly engaged in a violent fight, which saw sticks being used to hit people’s heads.
The open fight, which lasted for some minutes, led to more than five members of the ruling political party in the constituency suffering serious injuries and so they were hospitalised to receive medical care.
An attempt by Francis Addai Nimoh, an ex-Member of Parliament (MP) for Asante Mampong, who once contested in the NPP presidential race but lost, to file his nomination forms allegedly sparked the fight.
Addai Nimoh, a two-term lawmaker of the constituency on NPP ticket, who is eager to recapture the seat again on NPP ticket, was allegedly prevented from submitting his nomination forms to the NPP executives.
The supporters of Addai Nimoh, who were following their political idol, could fathom why the party executives refused to receive his nomination forms and so they took the law into their hands and misbehaved.
It took the swift intervention of armed policemen, who were quickly dispatched to the place, which was then like a war-zone, before tempers could go down. But it was too late as several people had been injured already.
Luther Asare, the NPP Chairman for Asante Mampong, alleged that Addai Nimoh had consistently tried to create violence and tension in Asante Mampong in connection with the NPP upcoming polls to give the party a bad name.
According to him, the party executives had informed Addai Nimoh that he (Nimoh) was to submit his nomination forms on Thursday morning “but he decided to storm the party office with his supporters on Wednesday when the sitting MP was submitting his forms”.
The NPP chairman, who was brimming with rage during a radio chat, lambasted Addai Nimoh for adopting foul tactics to disrupt the NPP elections in Asante Mampong, assuring that the NPP executives would remain resolute and ensure smooth party elections.
However, one Yaw Boateng, a staunch supporter of Addai Nimoh, speaking on the same network, said the NPP executives in Mampong wants to deny Addai Nimoh the chance to contest in the NPP MP polls “but we shall fight to the end to ensure justice and fair play”.