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21.03.2005 Politics

Investigate Plans To Assasinate Me — MP

By Graphic

Graphic -- THE Member of Parliament (MP) for Nanton, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police to investigate plans by his political opponents to assassinate him and some of his supporters to make way for a bye-election.

In a letter to the Speaker of Parliament and copied to the security agencies, Alhaji Yakubu said: “I write to draw your attention to some dangerous plans by some of my key political opponents in my constituency.”

He said that his opponents had not taken in good faith their defeat in the December 2004 elections and were planning to assassinate him.

He recalled how he was prevented from campaigning in some key New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds such as Nanton, Nanton Kurugu and Zien.

“My billboard in Nanton was completely defaced and so many acts of intimidation and harassment were carried out against my supporters and me, to the extent that I complained and made an official report,” he said.

Alhaji Yakubu said two of his supporters narrowly escaped death when they were attacked by a section of people believed to be NPP supporters at Nanton on the election day, and the motor bike on which they were riding burnt.

He said many NDC supporters including the constituency chairman in Nanton had to flee the town to save their lives.

Alhaji Yakubu said he could not go to Nanton (the constituency capital) himself and had to remain indoors in the village, Tampion, for more than one week after the elections.

“The situation was so tense that at a point in time it was even reported that I had been killed. I kept my cool and remained indoors until I sneaked out of the constituency to Accra on December 15, 2004,” he stated.

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