Talensi violence: Dan Botwe serving as polling agent nearly lynched

National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has revealed that the party’s former General Secretary and Member of Parliament for Okere Constituency, Dan Botwe, had to be whisked away by police during the by-election in the Talensi Constituency.

He said Mr Botwe had to be whisked away because some supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) threatened to lynch him because they did not like his presence at a polling center, where he was serving as an agent.

Mr Boadu disclosed this on TV3’s Agenda on Thursday, July 9.

The by-election on Tuesday, July 7 saw NDC’s candidate Benson Tongo Baba emerge winner after polling 10,366 of the total valid votes cast.

NPP’s Thomas Duanab Wuni came second with 6,845 votes to lose a seat that belonged to NPP.

But the by-election – which was instanced by the resignation of Robert Mosore – has been described as fraught with violence after clashes were recorded between vigilante groups of the two major political parties.

While NDC was supported by a group known as Azorka Boys, Bolga Bull Dogs was on the side of the NDC.

Clashes resulted in the police firing warning shots near the constituency capital of Tongo.

Speaking on Agenda, Mr Boadu said the police could have prevented the violence if they acted proactively.

He said in Dan Botwe’s case, the people threatened to lynch him as they claimed they did not want to see him at that polling station.

NDC’s First Vice Chairman Samuel Ampofo, who was also on the programme, condemned the violence that characterised the by-election but said the NPP would have been singing a different song if they had won.

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Source: 3news.com|Ghana