The violence that occurred at the NDC’s regional office in Odododiodio, South Louisiana, has been strongly condemned by the organization.
On Friday, October 13, a group of people stormed the location, causing property damage and assaulting a journalist as they were screening potential parliamentary candidates for the Odododiodio constituency.
The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NDC, Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore, wrote a letter to the general public and those who were inconvenienced by the raid, extending a formal apology and assuring that those responsible would be held accountable.
“On behalf of the Greater Accra Regional NDC, we sincerely apologize for what happened and also to Akosua Otchere for what happened to her and we want to assure the country and the entire NDC that we will do everything we can to identify those who vandalized the properties and attacked people during the vetting and bring them to book.”
“I extend my sincere apologies to Akosua Otchere and assure you that I will cover all the medical expenses incurred.”
Relatedly, a reporter with Accra-based Citi FM was assaulted when the violence broke out during the vetting of NDC parliamentary candidates at the party’s Greater Accra Regional Office in South La.
Akosua Otchere, a journalist, was being treated at the hospital, according to a Facebook post from the media outlet.
“Our journalist Akosua Otchere was assaulted at the NDC’s Greater Accra Regional Office at South La during the vetting of some parliamentary aspirants for the Odododiodio constituency. She is currently safe and receiving treatment,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the current MP, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has formally declared his exit from the race.
The election has been scheduled for October 31, 2023 as a result of this unexpected development, and three candidates have already filed their nominations to run for the parliamentary position.
These prospective candidates will go through a thorough vetting procedure on a specific date before the choice is made.