Some party supporters of the NPP have ended up badly wounded after an internal clash at Mampong in the Ashanti Region.
The former of the area of the area has been prevented from filing his nomination by the supporters of the incumbent MP.
The circumstance caused confusion among the supporters of the two aspiring candidates, making them combat in a free-for-all at the party’s constituency office Wednesday evening.
Supporters from the two sides used stones at one another while others utilized sticks to crush their rival, harming some of them.
Video from the scene have one individual who was hit with a stick collapsed before a shop close to the gathering office while someone else who had a stick close by with blood overflowing from his face being restrained.
Ah,how can politics end up in this kind of violence? pic.twitter.com/YFDIE14fsI
— Serwaa Amihere (@Serwaa_Amihere) February 19, 2020
Others were caught heckling each other just at the front of the party’s office which is situated on a first floor of a building.
It took the intervention of the police which landed at the scene an hour later, to scatter the irate group.
Mr Addai-Nimo and the officeholder MP, Sarpong Ampratwum, were booked to present their nomination forms today at various times however the previous MP’s forms were twice rejected today constituency election committee without reasons, when it was put submitted by a delegation.
Despite the fact that Mr Ampratwum had filed his nomination in the morning, his supporters remained at the party office until evening and tried to prevent a five-man delegation sent by Mr Addai-Nimo from filling the nomination on his behalf.
Reporter Benjamin Aidoo who saw the terrible scene said the delegation were asked by the election committee to proceed to return Thursday to file the nomination of Mr Addai-Nimo without giving reasons.
The previous MP was a week ago denied access to buy the forms at the constituency level, driving him to do as such at the regional office in Kumasi, a move some have said is a calculated by the constituency executives to keep him from contesting the primary.
According to Mr Addai-Nimo, he said to the constituency chairman last Saturday that he will present his nomination forms today.
“He made it clear to me that the sitting MP will do his at around 11 o’clock” Mr Addai-Nimo told 3news.com, including he at that point educated the director he will present his forms at 3:00 p.m. which he agreed to.
“I affirmed this time to him on Monday and the previous evening, he [the chairman] called me that he was unable to get me today and I convinced him that I had made all my arrangement to file my nomination at 3:00pm so in the event that he is coming at this hour to tell me that he was unable to get my nomination then he is simply being unfair to to me,” he expressed.
“It’s simply terrible this thing ought to occur… for what reason should simply accepting a nomination be an issue, an activity that takes just 5 minutes” he tested.
‘No common sense’
The former MP didn’t comprehend why the party was making it hard for him to file his nomination when one other individual and the current MP have documented theirs without issues,
“So why is it difficult for me to file my nomination only to be told that l should come on the last day? It i funny, there is no common sense in it”
He said he has reported the incident to the Regional executive of the NPP who has vowed to get his form if the constituency election committee dismiss it again on Thursday.
“He has told me to be calm, I should exercise self-control. Tomorrow, in the event that he neglects the forms I should run to Kumasi and he the regional chairman is prepared to accept the forms,” he said.
Mr Addai-Nimo requested that the constituency election committee livs to expectation “in light of the fact that there is duty on them”.
“They can’t avoid their obligation,” he expressed.
He has in the interim called on his supporters to keep quiet and not take part in viciousness act or movement that will expand the strain in the voting public.
In some other news, some NDC and NPP members have been arrested by anti-galamsey patrol team. Read full story here.