NDC foot soldiers protest against Kumasi MCE’s nomination
About 50 men on motorbikes stormed the NDC’s Ashanti Regional Office at Asafo about 11 a.m. Tuesday and forced the regional executive members who were in a meeting to flee for their dear lives.
The foot soldiers accused the regional executive of influencing the nomination of Mr Bonsu, claiming that since the nominee was not known in the party in the region, they would not allow him to take up the position.
As the regional executive members fled, the foot solders locked up the office and dared anyone to come forward to re-open it.
The fleeing NDC regional executive rushed to the office of the Ashanti Regional Minister to inform him of the development and he quickly summoned the aggrieved foot soldiers to his office for discussions.
At the end of the nearly two-hour meeting, the foot soldiers rescinded their decision and reopened the office.
At the meeting, Mr Opoku told the enraged foot soldiers that the nomination of an MCE was the prerogative of the President and that no one, not even he (the regional minister) could in any way influence it.
Satisfied with the minister's intervention, the men issued a statement declaring their support for the president's nominee and explained that they had initially misunderstood the process by which the nomination was carried out.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr Yaw Obimpeh, told the Daily Graphic that the office was reopened later in the afternoon.
"It was a very unfortunate development and we thank the regional minister for his timely response," he said.
He denied earlier media reports that the foot soldiers had vandalised the party office, saying, "They only drove us away and locked up the place."
Meanwhile, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly is yet to fix a date for voting on the nominee.
Story by Kwame Asare Boadu