A pro-opposition group, OPERATION 40% For NPP In Volta, has accused the ruling party of masterminding the disruption of a planned familiarization tour of the Volta Region by the Vice Presidential candidate of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The group described as BARBARIC, HEARTLESS AND CRIMINAL, the prevention of Dr Bawumia from addressing students of the Ho Polytechnic and Akatsi College of Education by some protestors.
A planned lecture by the 2016 NPP Running mate was truncated after he was reportedly forced out of the Volta region by some youth in the area.
The angry youth bared their teeth at him by preventing him from making any public speeches during his visit to the two institutions in the Volta region.
The protestors were seen wielding placards and chanting angrily on the Akatsico campus where he was expected to deliver a public lecture. A similar fate befell the politician when he visited the Ho polytechnic to deliver a lecture on the impact of the IMF bailout on the Ghanaian economy at the school as part of his tour of the Volta region.
“Residents, mainly young people blocked out his attempts to speak amidst brassband music, motor bike displays and jamma chants to prevent Dr. Bawumia from infecting the public with his lies,“ witnesses recount.
The NPP stalwart had no choice but to slip out of the town.
It is unclear whether the protest was retaliation to a recent incident that occurred in the Ashanti region where some government appointees including Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education and Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Dep Minister for Communications were heckled by teacher trainees in Kumasi.
But the Operation 40% For NPP In Volta group, in a statement issued hours after the incident, condemned the act saying it was against Ghana’s democratic principles which could even result in raising tribal tension between Voltarians and Northerners.
The group further accused the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind the action by the youth in the area.
“...we are again shocked and sad at what they tried doing just to tarnish the good image of we, the Voltarians, through this devilish act against humanity by making it look as if all VOLTARIANS were behind it while it wasn't so but some hired criminals from outside VOLTA REGION by the NDC....Weren't the NDC aware of some of the CONSEQUENCES of this evil agenda of theirs against VOLTARIANS if it had gone through as they planned?...Does the NDC know the tribal tension that could have arisen between VOLTARIANS AND NORTHERNERS, if this evil agenda of theirs had gone through?...We, as a group therefore see it as BARBARIC, HEARTLESS AND CRIMINAL just as we initially framed the whole act at the beginning of this article,” the group said.
Read the full statement below...
STATEMENT: Voltarians, We’re Sorry...We Had No Hand In Evil Agenda Against Dr Bawumia
We, Operation 40% For NPP In Volta are a group of Voltarians in and out of the Volta Region who no longer want the continuous deceit or use of Voltarians by the NDC and therefore see the intentionally planned action by the NDC to maim or even worse to attack Dr Bawumia as very sad, Barbaric and unfortunate.
So barbaric, inhuman and heartless that, it can be equalled to the likes of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Al-Shabab in Kenya and other inhuman attacks across the world.
Firstly, we are actually every sad and shocked why the NDC could organise the worst of thugs, assassins from across Ghana with just an intention of attacking and maiming Dr.Bawumia.
What has Dr Bawumia done to deserve this?
Secondly, we are again shocked and sad at what they tried doing just to tarnish the good image of we, the Voltarians, through this devilish act against humanity by making it look as if all VOLTARIANS were behind it while it wasn't so but some hired criminals from outside VOLTA REGION by the NDC.
What has VOLTARIANS done to deserve this?
Weren't the NDC aware of some of the CONSEQUENCES of this evil agenda of theirs against VOLTARIANS if it had gone through as they planned?
Just caption this HEADLINE if their plan had gone through successfully; "VOLTARIANS Attack And Maim Dr Bawumia, The Pride Of The North"
Does the NDC know the tribal tension that could have arisen between VOLTARIANS AND NORTHERNERS, if this evil agenda of theirs had gone through?
We, as a group therefore see it as BARBARIC, HEARTLESS AND CRIMINAL just as we initially framed the whole act at the beginning of this article.
Also, from a critical thinker’s analysis of this issue, we see it as a WOULD HAVE BEEN DENT AND A DENT on the image of Voltarians and the region in general.
And so, since it is barbaric and criminal, we say, it need not only be CONDEMNED but also all people(the NDC Organisers, the hired thugs) involved should be arrested and brought to book for such an evil plan agenda against a noble, quiet, intelligent, peace-loving, who only thinks good for the nation proud son of Ghana.
In conclusion, we as a group will first like to thank GOD for His protection over Dr. Bawumia from the evil plans of the NDC
Secondly, we will on behalf of all VOLTARIANS like to say sorry to Dr. Bawumia for this disgraceful thing that happened and we want to assure him that, we VOLTARIANS had no hand in it and promise not to allow such a thing to happen again.
Moreover, we thank him for visiting the region and educating the whole region on some of the serious economic issues we needed to know and we hope and pray he will pushed all that happened behind him and visit us again sooner than later so that we can redeem our image as a region that has so much respect, love for all people of all tribes, political parties, social status and others.
We will also thank the School’s security and the Police for doing a good job in controlling, dispersing and arresting some of the thugs who were hired for such an evil agenda, we pray they will go on to arrest more of them especially their organiser who is a known strong NDC MAN in the region and push them all for prosecution.
Furthermore, we will like to apologize to the entire students who came for the program just to listen to the wisdom of Dr. Bawumia and also catch a glimpse of this intelligent, peaceful man but missed the opportunity because of this BARBARIC, EVIL PLAN by the NDC.
Finally, we would like to plead with the house of chiefs and opinion leaders in the region to intervene so as to avoid another incident likely to tarnish the image of the VOLTA REGION by the NDC or any other group of people.
Thank you and May GOD be praised always.
PATRICK AGBOYIBOR XORMENYO(AKATSI SOUTH COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR AND VOLTA REGIONAL COMMUNICATION TEAM MEMBER)..... 0209024985
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