NPP and 'Afoko' forces in violent clash at party Headquarters

NPP and 'Afoko' forces in violent clash at party Headquarters
Source: Ghana | | Isaac Essel | Twitter: @isaacessel
Date: 23-10-2015 Time: 10:10:03:am
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Violent clashes erupted at the headquarters of the New Patriotic Party Friday morning at Asylum Down ahead of an emergency National Executive Committee Meeting today.

A motorbike was burnt to ashes and a taxi cab had its windscreen broken, Joy News' Kwakye Afreh Nuamah reported.

The clashes are suspected to be between the party’s private security the Invincible Forces and vigilante group purported to come from Kasoa supporting the party's beleaguered Chairman.

Scores of heavily armed police stormed the party’s headquarters five minutes after the violence to forestall any reprisal, after the Invisible Forces repelled attacks from the group from Kasoa, Afreh said.

NPP’s First Vice Chairman Freddy Blay had convened the emergency NEC meeting to among others, consider report of the National Disciplinary Committee of the NPP recommending a disciplinary action against the party’s National Chairman, Paul Afoko.

Kwakye Afreh Nuamah sighted Chairman of the NPP's Council of Elders, C.K. Tandem, Council Member Hackman Owusu Agyeman, and party's national treasurer Abankwah Yeboah.

Mr. Afoko has also issued a press statement to describe the meeting as illegal.

Earlier, the Bolgatanga Bulldogs, another vigilante group supporting Mr. Afoko, had threatened to cause mayhem at the party’s headquarters and disrupt any meeting called by Freddy Blay.

In his counter notice on Friday, October 23, 2015 meeting, Afoko stated: “I hereby state categorically that no such meeting of NEC has been scheduled and that members should disregard any such notices they might have received.”

He further stated per the provisions of NPP’s constitution Mr. Freddie Blay has no authority to sanction such a meeting.

“I also wish to serve notice, and notice is hereby served that the meeting called by Mr. Blay is an illegality and a breach of our party’s constitution.”