Man Escapes Stabbing At Akwatia NDC Primaries

A man named Nana Yaw Darko who is a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was said to have escaped stab wounds from a fellow party member at the election polls today.

This took place at the Akwatia Lorry Park Polling Station, after an argument ensued between Yaw Darko and Nana Arkoo Frimpong who happened to be an agent of one of the parliamentary contenders Basil Ahiable. Arko Frimpong had chased Yaw with a knife  to stab him. But other party members present there prevented him. It was equally gathered that a vehicle came and took the attacker, Arko Frimpong away.

The elections which was deferred in November 2015 by the National Security due to security threats was scheduled to hold today being January 19 in Akwatia. The election was initially cancelled after word came to the National Security that some opponents were trying to cause chaos at the polls to disrupt electoral process.

A press statement signed by the Deputy General Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho on Wednesday said the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the party had scheduled the Akwatia primary for Tuesday.

However, members of the ruling NDC in the Akwatia Constituency were expected to go to the polls today to elect their Parliamentary Candidate for the November elections. The contest is between incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Baba Jamal and  businessman Basil Ahiable.

It was also gathered that MP Jamal fears he might lose at the polls to his contender because the youths have lost trust in him due to the November incident. This is also buttressed as youths are seen rallying behind Basil Ahiable. It is believed Basil has become popular among the youths.

The constituency promised to take adequate actions to beef up security at the polls. The Constituency chairman said that all hands would be on deck to ensure there’s no violent demonstration at the polls. We sincerely hope there would be no more cases of violence.

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