The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Northern Region, Chief Sofo Azorka, has denied reports that his supporters attacked officials of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) during Tuesday’s by-election at Talensi in the Upper East Region.
Freddie Blay, a vice chairman of the NPP; Kwabena Abankwa-Yeboah, national treasurer of the NPP; and former deputy minister for youth and sports in the Kufuor administration, Rashid Bawa, all claimed to have been beaten up by ‘Azorka Boys’, a youth group loyal to Chief Azorka.
Another leading member of the NPP, Gabby Otchere-Darko, also claimed that about 12 gunshots were fired in his direction while he was standing in front of the party’s office in Tamale.
The development has triggered outrage among a section of the public, with people calling for the police to take action against Azorka Boys.
But in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Tuesday, Chief Azorka claimed that his supporters did not carry weapons and so could not have shot at NPP executives.
He alleged that the NPP were sharing money in Talensi – prompting his boys in to step to prevent them from inducing voters.
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“On the election day, the NPP went round sharing money to voters and we said we will not allow people to share money like that and because they [NPP] did not get the chance to share money they are angry and want to spoil our name.”
Chief Azorka reiterated the point that his boys were not armed when they embarked on that operation.
“The security agencies there searched me thoroughly, but they did not find anything, ” he said.
In a related development, the Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has condemned the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for engaging in what he described as “politics of stealing, bribery, and violence” .