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26.02.2007 General News

March 13 by-election-NDC declares war over Nkoranza

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March 13 by-election-NDC declares war over Nkoranza

THE NATIONAL Democratic Congress' (NDC) National Organiser, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo over the weekend declared war on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over what he called intimidation against the NDC in recent bye-elections held in the country.

Mr. Ampofo warned that this time around in the Nkoranza North bye-election slated for March 13, his party would resist any attempt by the NPP to intimidate them as they did in the Fomena bye-election recently.

He said, “We shall resist any attempt by the NPP to intimidate and harass us with armed security personnel as they did to us in Akokeri in the Fomena Constituency, when we were about to hold our rally there”.

The NDC National Organiser, who made the declaration at the party's Constituency Delegates Congress at Busunya, the Constituency capital over the weekend stated that the Nkoranza bye-election and for that matter the seat was very paramount to them and anything to deprive them of the seat would not be tolerated.

According to Mr. Ampofo, also a former MP for Fanteakwa in the Eastern Region, the NPP had defied its own rule of law at Fomena and gone ahead to use armed police and military who were wielding water cannon and tear gas to flood their rally grounds at Akokeri to stop them from organizing their rally, because NPP was then holding theirs at Fomena.

The former MP explained that the NDC, which legally acquired a permit from the Police to hold that rally, was forcibly stopped by the Police based on the orders of the NPP and this was because Prof. Mill, who wanted peace, advised them to remain calm.

He told delegates of Nkoranza North that at Fomena, NPP had to organize its rally at Fomena on Saturday after the final funeral rites of the late MP and because of that NDC also decided to have theirs at Akokeri, but to their dismay, Police men and soldiers besieged their rally grounds to order them to desist from organizing the rally because President Kufuor was in the Constituency to attend the NPP rally.

Mr. Ampofo revealed that by then, the NDC Presidential Candidate was in Akokeri for the rally and this instruction from the security agencies delayed Prof Mills for almost four hours.

The NDC National Organizer noted that this scenario had greatly affected them as a party, warning that this time in Nkoranza North, they would not tolerate that situation.

Mr. Ampofo cautioned members of the NDC, particularly the executives at both Constituency and polling station levels, not to take money from the NPP, saying “If the party hears that any member has taken money from NPP, such a member would be sacked from the NDC forever”.

According to the National Organizer, NPP does not deserve to be allowed to win the Nkoranza seat for the second time, because the chance given to them during the 2004 election by the people of the constituency was wasted on the unnecessary business of the resigned
Gyampah, 31-old Medical Practitioner at the Kintampo South District Hospital at Jema who was elected by popular acclamation, when his main contender, Mr. Agyei Damoah, popularly called Nana Gyan-Tutu, a Fox /Hot FM radio “Twi” newscaster pulled out from the race.

The NDC National Organizer charged branch Executive members in the Constituency to sit down with their members to draw a programme of action in their respective branches for the purpose of the bye-election.

Mr. Ampofo asked all the branch executives to wake up, as the victory of Dr. Amoako would be a victory for the NDC and a sign of their victory in 2008, as well.

Dr. Amoako is the son of the former NDC MP for Nkoranza, Mr. H.F.C. Amoako, also a former Registrar of the Sunyani Polytechnic.

Dr. Amoako is a product of the Prempeh College in Kumasi, where he did his GCE O'Level and later went to St. Augustine's College in Cape Coast for his A 'Level.

The young Doctor, after his A 'Level, gained admission into the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Medical School at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for his medical Programme.

After that, the short and grey-headed medical doctor went to the United States for a short practice and later returned to KATH to continue his profession. He later took an appointment at the St. Theresa's Hospital in Nkoranza, because of the love, care and passion he had for his home district of Nkoranza.

Currently, Dr. Amoako is the resident doctor at the Kintampo South Hospital in Jema. He told his delegates that he accepted to work at the Kintampo South Hospital because Jema was part of the Nkoranza Traditional Area.

According to the NDC parliamentary Candidate, he chose to contest for the seat, because he wanted to serve his people on a wider note, since the Constituency needs people who love and care for them.

Dr. Amoako, in his acceptance speech, told the delegates that he loves the people of Nkoranza and sometimes had to use part of his salary to settle bills of patients at the St Theresa's Hospital who could not pay their medical bills and had not registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme.

He assured the electorate that he was not into politics to insult somebody or attack any political party, but to serve his people when voted as the next MP for the area.