The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suspended its campaign in the Mfantseman constituency to commiserate with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) following the death of the Member of Parliament ( MP) for the area, Mr Ekow Quansah Hayford.
The party in a statement issued and signed jointly by the Constituency Chairman, Mr Fred Budu Hagan, and the Constituency’s Communications Officer, Dr Stanley KK Acquah, expressed its deepest condolences to the family and the NPP.
"We write to communicate the decision of the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Mfantseman- Odziifo James Essoun to suspend his campaign in the Constituency until Monday, in honour of the sitting NPP MP and parliamentary candidate", it said.
The Party has thus called on the Police to do everything in their power to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime and let the law deal ruthlessly with them.
"In expressing our utmost condolences to the good people of Mfantseman, we call on the NPP government to address the security situation across the country. We recall how some NDC Regional Executives of Ashanti Region as well as Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu were also attacked viciously by armed robbers on their way from campaigns few days ago as well as similar happenings in other parts of the country," the statement said.
The statement called for unity and calm in the constituency and across the country and also urged anybody with actionable intelligence to assist the police to apprehend the criminals.
It expressed the hope that, those behind such barbaric acts would be hunted down and brought to justice as soon as possible.
In a related development, the NPP charged the Ghana Police Service to fish out the unknown assailants who shot and killed the MP.
The late MP who was returning home with others from his campaign trip was attacked and shot dead by some unknown men.
Reacting to the death of the MP, Mr Richard Takyi-Mensah, the Central Regional Secretary of the NPP described his death as regrettable and a big blow to the Party in the area.
"The leadership of the NPP in the Central Region joins many loved ones to sympathize with the wife, children, the extended family, and the NPP as a whole. We share in the pain and grief of the loss of this hardworking patriot who served his party and nation diligently," he said.