Some youth of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have admitted to attacking the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Francis Kinsgley Ato Cudjoe, over the weekend, in Ekumfi in the Central Region.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, the Member of Parliament who doubles as district Deputy Fisheries Minister and District Chief Executive for the area are seen being whisked into their cars at Eyisam, the district capital, with a mob chasing after them.
After the incident, the MP said: “The whole incident is exaggerated. To suggest that I was being lynched and i was forced into my car is not true. It was an NDC orchestrated thing. Ekumfi is an NDC stronghold but we did some serious work there. So when we started talking they started saying ‘away NDC, bring NPP’.
They say we have destroyed their work because they are into galamsey. After everything and we were going, they started banging the car with things and the DCE got out of the car and told them to stop”.
The youth said the attack on Mr Ato Cudjoe, who is also the MP for Ekumfi, was in reaction to unfulfilled promises made to the people of the area by the governing New Patriotic Party ahead of the 2016 elections.
Mr Antwi Aidoo, the leader of the irate group that launched the attack, admitted to Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM Monday, 10 September that they were members of the NDC.
“The attack was as a result of the numerous unfulfilled promises they made to us. They cannot take us for a ride anymore.”
In a reaction, Mr Francis Nketia, Head of Election and Research of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) told show host Forson that the action of the youth must be condemned by all.
“We all have to condemn this action by the NDC youth. I expect the NDC to raise the bar as far as politics is concerned. Hooliganism in politics must not be countenanced at all,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NDC’s Constituency Secretary for Ekumfi, Edward Acquah, has denied that the irate youth were NDC members.
He said Ghanaians generally are disappointed and frustrated following the failure of the NPP administration to fulfil their promises, especially in the area of job creation.