18 July 2013

Ghana: NDC Chairman in Hide-and-Seek With Police

Kumasi — NEW FACTS are emerging that appear to give different pictures to claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Constituency Chairman for Atwima Kwanwoma, Mr. Kwame Dramani and his group, that they have been threatened with death by an opposing faction in the constituency. Reports gathered by The Chronicle indicate that the chairman and his group, made up of four other executives, may have staged the incident just to win the sympathy of delegates of the constituency, ahead of the congress.

Fresh information received by the paper indicates that three days before making such wild allegations, Mr. Dramani met with his supposed antagonist, Baba Alhassan Moro and pleaded with him to drop the ambition of contesting for the constituency seat which the former refused.

Having failed to convince his potential opponent to drop his ambition, the plan was, therefore, to level allegation of death threats against their opponents and incites them against the delegates, in the run up to the constituency congress.

Mr. Dramani was reported to have apologized to the supposed adversary in front of the Asokwa District Police Commander for showing gross disrespect and for wrongly accusing Baba Alhassan.

The Asokwa District Crime Officer confirmed the information on Hello FM on Monday in a follow up interview to The Chronicle publication.

The police said the embattled NDC chairman had failed to cooperate with investigations and had also declined several invitations.

Mr. Dramani further decided to switch off his phone and could not be reached the whole day, as radio stations kept pressing for follow up interviews but to no avail.

He was, however, reported to have denied having spoken to the paper and making any such allegation to the surprise of the paper, which had taken pictures of the chairman and other executives at a meeting at New Orleans Hotel, in Kumasi, where he made the allegations.

Fresh revelations further indicate that the rancour between the chairman and the DCE, Hon. Tony Nyame dates back to 2009, when he (Mr. Dramani) was nominated by the then President, late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills for the DCE position, but was rejected on two occasions, after which Tony Nyame was nominated and subsequently approved by the assembly members.

The situation, therefore, sparked an unending animosity between the chairman and the DCE, hence the consistent fracas between them.

Meanwhile, the Kotwi branch chairman of the party, Baba Alhassan Moro, has told the paper that he confronted Mr. Dramani after he received information that he (Dramani) wanted to change the scheduled date for the Kotwi branch elections.

He said after informing him through a letter that the Kotwi branch election was scheduled for Sunday, Mr. Dramani allegedly mobilized some supporters of the party to organize the election on a Thursday, but he (Baba Alhassan) got wind of the information and stormed the venue together with police to stop the process from taking place.

"It was during such confrontation that the NDC chairman claimed he was attacked, but no one attacked him back, the police are our witness and you can contact the Asokwa Police for verification," Baba Alhassan explained.

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