The Efiduase Divisional Police Command has initiated steps to arrest some irate youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who attacked the Sekyere East District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Kwadwo Adae, and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, last Wednesday.

According to the Divisional Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Alex Amenyo, the criminals were identifiable and all efforts were underway to apprehend them.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic on telephone yesterday, Mr Amenyo said the DCE had indicated that his life was under threat following days of calls for his removal, which culminated in a violent attack on him and the regional minister by enraged Zongo youth of the party.

Mr Amenyo, who was in the company of the regional minister and the DCE when they were attacked, said he had had to fire warning shots to scare off the charged youth, who wielded machetes and other weapons.

Mr Opoku-Manu and the Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr Yaw Obimpeh, had joined the DCE for a ceremony to reward party polling station executive for the able manner in which they participated in the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections.

However, a group of disenchanted supporters from the Zongo area, who had been calling for the dismissal of the DCE, pounced on them.

Supt. Amenyo indicated that the area was calm and people were going about their duties without any fear, adding that the police would protect life and property in the area.

Checks at the Efiduase Government Hospital By the Daily Graphic showed that a reporter of the local Sekyere FM, Alexander Afrifa, who was injured in the attack, was still on admission.

Afrifa, who is also the NPP Communications Officer for the constituency, was injured following severe beatings he received from the youth and was rushed to the hospital.

MR Siki Abibu, the Deputy Volta Regional Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has appealed to party members occupying political positions to emulate the modesty and humility of President John Evans Atta Mills.

He said the people were highly awake and a display of arrogance could drive the party out of power.

Mr Abibu, in an interview, said that arrogance and other negative tendencies drove the New Patriotic Party (NPP) out of power and therefore, appealed to NDC functionaries to guard against those tendencies.

He appealed to people from the Volta Region occupying positions in the party and in the government to work extra hard to redeem the promises made to the people.

Mr Abibu said people of the region and, for that matter, posterity would not forgive the party if their aspirations were not met.

He said there was a glimmer of hope and at end of the government’s first term, the people would have seen a change that would be unparalleled in the history of the region and country.

On party youth and grassroots agitations, Mr Abibu suggested to President Mills to institute an independent and scientific investigation into the causes of those agitations.

He said such a fact-finding research could form the basis for correcting the difficulties at the grassroots levels of the party.

Source: GNA

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