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21.11.2008 Elections

NDC agents in diabolical move

By The Statesman

With few days remaining before the general election, men suspected to be agents of the NDC appear prepared to go to every length to halt the victory train of NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.

On Wednesday, one of the diabolical strategies of the NDC commenced   with the distribution of a seemingly free mosquito repellent, known as Peaceful Sleep.

The bottles came wrapped in NPP leaflets bearing information about the party's policies regarding healthcare, education and infrastructure, to residents in some parts of the Accra metropolis.

A closer inspection of the bottles, however, revealed that the repellent had in fact expired months ago. The Statesman has several of the expired repellents and the leaflets in its possession.

At about midday in Kokomlemle, two young men and one adult parked a metallic blue saloon car opposite Accra Technical Training Centre, where they distributed these expired items to the unsuspecting public, including the students of the institute who rushed for the products.

Interestingly, the people soon found out that the products had expired in September, and started to inform others who had heard about the distribution of the materials and were rushing to take their own.

When this reporter got to the scene, the distributors, upon sensing danger, had run away.

Some of the beneficiaries, as the distributors drove away, reported hearing the people in question saying, "If you people here don"t like these free gifts then we are taking them to another place.'

The writings at the bottom of the bottle showed that the product was manufactured in September 2006 and the expiry date was September 2008.

After detecting that the Peaceful Sleep had expired and was being distributed with the NPP leaflets, some of the recipients started to make uncomplimentary and derogatory remarks about the ruling NPP government and its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Some of the people who spoke to The Statesman were of the view that if the products did come from the NPP, then it was an unfortunate incident.

Others were of the strong conviction that the NPP could not have done such a disgraceful thing and alleged that it could be the work of their political opponents in a bid to destroy its electioneering fortunes in the run-up to the December 7 polls.

The expired products were Adcock Ingram Ltd, Adcock Ingram Park, 17 Harrison Avenue, Bryanston, 2021, RSA, with Registration number 1949/034385/06