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07.11.2007 NPP News

NPP Clash At Oforikrom

By Daily Graphic
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Supporters of the New Patriotic Party in the Oforikrom Constituency in Kumasi inflicted injuries on one another last Sunday when violence ended a meeting of polling station chairpersons in the constituency.

One of the injured, who was identified as Kwadwo Agyabeng, is on admission at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hospital, while two others, whose identities were not immediately known, were treated and discharged.

Last year, there was a similar clash which compelled the police to intervene with tear gas to save lives and property.

The Member of Parliament for the area, Mrs Elizabeth Agyemang, and the constituency chairman are also said to be at logger heads.

Last Sunday, when the Constituency Chairman, Mr Akwasi Prempeh, convened the meeting of the polling station chairpersons, a group of supporters moved to disrupt proceedings, because they felt the meeting was improperly constituted.

Letters of invitation indicated that the National Chairman of the party, Mr Peter Mac Manu, would address the meeting but he did not turn up.

Some of the party members who opposed to the delegates had threatened to attack Mr Mac Manu if he had attended the meeting.They accused him of being behind Mr Prempeh.

Eyewitnesses said some machomen guarded the main entrance to the venue of the meeting but the furious opponents of the constituency chairman attempted to defy them.

Those opposed to Mr Prempeh insisted that a meeting of such nature should have involved the rank and file of the party.

They also indicated that some of them had been wrongfully replaced as polling station chairpersons and as such they would never allow the meeting to take place.

Party sources at the regional headquarters told the Daily Graphic that they were going to institute investigations into the clash to ensure peace within the party at Oforikrom.

Story by Kwame Asare Boadu