The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has set up a five-member committee to investigate last Friday’s disturbances during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants for the Odododiodio constituency in the Greater Accra Region.
The committee is tasked to make appropriate recommendations for the party.
Members of the committee are Edward Doe Adjaho, former Speaker of Parliament, Samuel Sarpong, NDC National Vice Chairman, George Loh, NDC Deputy Director of Legal, Obuobia Darko-Opoku, NDC Deputy Director of Communications and Peter Lanchene Toobu, MP for Wa West Constituency.
A statement signed and issued on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, by the General Secretary of the NDC, Fifi Kwetey said the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC discussed the “unfortunate incident that occurred at its Greater Accra Regional Office during the vetting of aspirants for the Odododiodio Constituency parliamentary primary of the party”.
“After extensive deliberations, FEC referred the violence that occurred and an appeal process that has been filed in respect of the eligibility of one of the aspirants, to a Special Committee to investigate and make appropriate recommendations”.
“The party has also halted all processes relative to the party’s parliamentary primary in the Odododiodio Constituency”.
“In the meantime, all processes relative to the party’s parliamentary primary in the Odododiodio Constituency have been put on hold pending the outcome of investigations by the Special Committee,” the statement said.
The chaos at the Odododiodio constituency resulted in an attack on Ms Akosua Otchere, a reporter with Citi TV/FM.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) subsequently called on the Ghana Police Service to immediately arrest and prosecute supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the offense.
NDC has also apologized to the reporter and the Citi TV/FM management for the attack on press freedom.
The party also promised to fish out and punish the perpetrators for their unlawful actions.
“The party takes full responsibility for this unfortunate incident and assures the general public, that we shall take immediate steps to fish out the perpetrators”.
Find the full statement below