NPP meeting turns chaotic in U/E; Afoko & Agyapong run for cover

Some agitated youth of the opposition New Patriotic Party unceremoniously stormed the precincts of the Azo Nsolum Guest House in the Upper East Thursday evening, where a meeting was underway.

The incident compelled the National Chairman Paul Afoko and the General  Secretary Kwabena Agyapong to run for cover.

According to the youth, the party’s National Organizer in the Upper East Region Jerry Asumaning, had arranged the meeting with the National Organizer and the General Secretary to speak to some parliamentary aspirants ahead of the party’s primaries without recourse to other officers in the region.

They alleged that the Regional Chairman of the party Mahama Adam was not aware of the said meeting hence their conviction that the regional organizer and the two national officers were up to something mischievous.

The said national organizer was physically assaulted by the youth until police officers arrived at the scene to calm tempers.

It took the armed police officers a tough time to calm down the rampaging youth who were forcing themselves to break through the gates of the guest house.

The police at a point had to fire teargas to disperse the crowd. Some have alleged that the Regional Chairman Adam may have hired the youth to carry out the attack.

The General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong and the National Chairman Paul Afoko had to be shielded by the police and taken to an unknown location as the angry youth were ready to extend their anger to the two national officers.

The executives have since lodged a complaint at the police station. But it is unclear whether the matter would be pursued since such acts of hooliganism amongst political parties have often been treated as internal party matters.

A journalist with Accra-based Starr FM and another from Metro TV were assaulted and given slaps in their attempt to cover the incident. They have since been treated and discharged and have reported the matter to the police. 

Recent happenings in the party have been linked to perceived frosty relations between the party’s flagbearer Nana Akfufo-Addo and the National Chairman Paul Afoko, and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong.

The two have denied the existence of such frosty relations.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana