The leadership of the New Patriotic Party, NPP, in Ashaiman Constituency has denied that its supporters were involved in the taking over and running of some government properties, especially public toilets.
It would be recalled that there were reports of widespread take over of some government properties by members of the NPP shortly after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was announced as the winner of the December 7 presidential election.
The Ashaiman NPP also denied that its supporters attacked members of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, icluding the Member of Parliament for the constituency, Ernest Henry Norgbey.
The party stated this at a press briefing addressed by its Constituency Secretary, Emmanuel Chapman Kodam-Takyi, accusing the executives of NDC of being behind the false publications in the media.
“Our investigations so far indicate that executives of the NDC in the constituency are sponsoring this, just to make our party unpopular because prior to the elections they had told Ghanaians that our flagbearer, who is now the President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo is violent and Ghanaians didn’t pay attention to those lies and voted for him so they are doing that to create an impression that Nana Akufo-Addo is indeed a violent person,” he said.
The Ashaiman NPP also said the NDC also has its share of blame, adding that “Before the elections, the NDC planted stories in the newspapers through their friends in the media that the NPP was stockpiling weapons in the constituency to be used to cause trouble during the elections.
“They even went ahead to say that our candidate in the person of Alhaji Yakubu Labaran Barry was also secretly training some people to steal ballot boxes on the day of the elections.”
“We knew this was propaganda to make our party unpopular and we thought it was going to end once the elections were over, but after the elections, we have seen a trend where our opponents are making claims that our supporters have been seizing public toilets in the constituency.
“Supporters of the NPP went to the tollbooth on Tema–Accra motorway and confiscated the monies but they were later handed over to the workers when the police were called to intervene. The party supporters are not from Ashaiman but Tema”, he said.