Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress(NDC) in the Ahafo Ano North Constituency of the Ashanti Region, Samuel Awuni, was reportedly stabbed twice in the head and beneath his eye on Sunday by constituency treasurer, Adams Alhassan. The bloody fight erupted as a result of serious disagreements over who should be in possession of the party vehicle and whom it should and should not be used to campaign for.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Peter Anarfi Mensah is contesting the incumbent Member of Parliament Akwasi Adusei in next month’s parliamentary primaries of the ruling NDC.
Speaking to the media, the constituency chairman said since the regional minister filed to contest the sitting MP, he gave an order that in accordance with the party’s constitution, no constituency executive should support any of the candidates nor should any party vehicle be used in that vein to go about their respective campaigns.
According to him, when he realised that Adams and some other executives, for some time now, had blatantly gone against the order by campaigning for the regional minister, Peter Anarfi Mensah with the NDC vehicle, he asked the police to take over the vehicle. But on the instruction of the regional minister, the vehicle was released to the District Chief Executive (DCE).
Awuni reported that on Sunday around 7:30pm, on his return from a meeting of constituency executives with President Dramani Mahama in Kumasi, he met the party’s organiser in the constituency with the car at Tepa. He immediately ordered the man to release the vehicle to him but the organiser refused, claiming he does not know where the keys to the vehicle were kept. Then, he told one of his boys to deflate the car tyres and at that moment Adams angrily appeared at the scene in a car adorned with Peter Anarfi Mensah’s posters. A serious conflict followed during which Adams suddenly drew a knife and stabbed him on the head and below the eye. Reports has it that after the cruel attack, Adams bragged that nobody could arrest him. This was what Mr Awuni said on Nhyira Fm:
I ordered that they should deflate the tires but in the process, Alhassan who has flouted party rules and has been campaigning for the regional minister came around in the regional minister’s campaign vehicle and asked why they were grounding the vehicle. When I said I was the one who gave the order, he slapped me and when I retaliated he brought out a knife and stabbed me in the head and below my eyes.”
In addition, an NDC polling station executive member, Nana Agyemang, believed to be from the camp of the MP further reported on the incident, saying that the chairman had asked for the keys of the party vehicle from the constituency organiser so as to use the vehicle to travel back to his community after arriving late at Tepa from Kumasi.
Meanwhile, Mr Samuel Awuni who was in a critical condition was rushed to the Tepa Government Hospital for immediate treatments, while Adams Alhassan, the alleged attacker, was arrested by the police on Sunday evening but was later released. The incumbent MP, Mr Adusei has accused the regional minister of ordering the release of the culprit minutes after his arrest but the regional minister has denied any knowledge about the incident and the release of the culprit.
Following this gruesome incident, the NDC in the Ahafo Ano North Constituency suspended the accused, Mr Adams Alhassan from the party. According to the party, this measure was taken to allow for further investigations into the case. The NDC in a statement condemned the incident and encouraged party members to use fundamental procedures in resolving their grievances within the party. Below is a copy of the statement: