Members of the former Veranda Boys and Girls (VBGC) in the Brong Ahafo Region, numbering about 1,500 have defected from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to join Dr Obed Yao Asamoah's yet to be registered political party, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP).
Their reason for defecting was that the NDC is not democratic and thrives on intimidation and violence.
A release issued to the press in Sunyani signed by the Regional Youth Organiser of the VBGC, Isaac Adjei to announce the defection said, “We have defected from the NDC to join the new party of DFP. Our association with our former allies brought our names into disrepute”.
According to the release, the VBGC was once a pivot for Ghana's independence, but has been perceived to be violent because of their association with the NDC, hence being a political force with such a number, has no option than to join DFP.
It continued that the decision by the members of the club was irrevocable, and wished that their new political members would receive them without reservation into their fold.
“By this announcement we wish to reaffirm our total support and peace in freedom, which can unite Ghanaians in our young democracy. We believe we can achieve this aim in joining hands with only DFP in the region,” it said.
“We wish to state that the new party has the men of vision to deliver Ghana our beloved country from total collapse and oppression by NPP,” it stated.
When Daily Graphic contacted Mr Adjei to verify the source of the release the level of intimidation and violence exhibited at the congress of the party held at Koforidua last year was what informed their decision to leave the NDC.
Asked whether their decision to defect from the NDC was not based on the fact that the founders of the VBGC were Dr Obed Asmoah and Madam Faustina Nelson, and both had resigned from the NDC Mr Adjei responded in the negative and explained that they had decided to leave the NDC long before the Koforidua congress, but they did not see any of the political parties that shared their ideals, until the DFP was formed.
When this reporter draw Mr Adjei attention to the fact that the DFP was not a registered political party in the country, he said whether it was registered or not they were with them now and ready to work for the DFP in the region.