Nana Addo tags violence in Talensi as ‘state-sponsored’

Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the violence that characterized the July 7 by-election in the Talensi Constituency as “state-sponsored”.

According to him, there was also a blatant abuse of incumbency “to the extent that the entire government machinery, including state-sponsored violence, descended on this constituency all in the bid to win a by-election.”

Nana Addo made these remarks on Wednesday, July 8, when five recently elected parliamentary candidates of his party called on him.

The five 2016 parliamentary candidates – from Aowin, Bia East, Bia West, Bodi and Juaboso constituencies in the Western Region – formally paid Nana Addo the courtesy call at his residence in Nima to introduced themselves to him.

‘Talensi Model’

He charged them to adopt what he called the ‘Talensi Model’ in their campaigns ahead of the 2016 elections.

Explaining the ‘Talensi Model’, Nana Addo – who led NPP’s campaign ahead of the elections – stated that “all the NPP aspirants who contested in the Talensi primaries were all together in the campaign. The aspirants who lost to Thomas Duanab were with him everywhere and it helped our campaign. They showed the way, which was that, ‘we are all going to campaign for Duanab’.”

NPP, however, lost the seat to the ruling National Democratic Congress, whose candidate, Benson Baba, polled 42.31 per cent of valid votes cast.

Nana Addo confessed that inasmuch as the results were disappointing, he was encouraged by the show of unity among the rank and file of the party.

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“The results were not what we were expecting, but I am not too worried about that, especially as it was a traditional NDC seat. I am interested in the morale and the attitude of our party members that were on display in the campaign and on the day. The results are disappointing, but the work that was done, coupled with the attitude and commitment of our people towards the work ahead in 2016, was very encouraging.”

But the by-election was not devoid of violence as supporters of NPP and NDC clashed at Tongo, the constituency’s capital. The police are investigating it.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh