Akatsi NDC Execs Caution Defeated Candidate
From Samuel Agbewode, Akatsi
The Executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Akatsi South Constituency have cautioned the independent candidate who is contesting the result of the recent Parliamentary bye-election in the constituency, Mr. Evans Djikunu Gadeto, to consider the interest of the people, because his activities in the area are gradually creating security problems.
According to the executives of the NDC in the Constituency, Mr. Gadeto’s claim that the party rigged the election was a deliberate attempt to drag the hard-won reputation of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Doe Adjaho in the mud, as well tarnish the image of the ruling party.
Addressing a press conference at Akatsi, the Akatsi South Constituency Chairman of the NDC, Mr. W.R.K Attimu-Brandi, stressed that the allegations made by the defeated independent candidate that the outcome of the election was stolen should be regarded as a desperate attempt by a loser who has nothing to say about his defeat.
Mr. Attimu-Brandi said Mr. Gadeto could have used all available means to channel his grievances, such as going to the court, but he had refused to do so and has rather decided to embark on unproved methods of inciting the people against the ruling NDC and the Speaker of Parliament, an action which he described as very unfortunate.
The Akatsi South Constituency Chairman of the NDC, stressed that just a few days after the result was declared, the defeated independent candidate tried to organize a demonstration at Akatsi , a development aimed at creating fear and panic among the people, with the ultimate objective of destabilizing the peace in the area.
Mr. Attimu-Brandi warned that the party executives would not tolerate “acts of lawless” and urged the security in the area to deal with Mr. Gadeto and his supporters, if they again tried to disturb the peace in the area just because an individual had contested Parliamentary election and lost.
He, however, commended the police for their professional conduct, especially the Inspector General of Police and the Volta Regional Police Commander, who deployed police personnel from Ho and Accra to maintain law and order in the area, noting that the people in the area had lived in peace with each other over the years, until Mr. Gadeto recent attempts to create divisions among them.
The NDC Chairman stressed that the people in the Akatsi South Constituency would never engage in practices that would divide them, noting that the chiefs in particular were more worried about the attitude of the independent Candidate and that what the people needed most was peace and unity that would ensure the needed development.
Mr. Attimu-Brandi assured the people in the area that Mr. Gadeto would be expelled from the NDC mber because he had taken the party to court for the past three years, adding that such expulsion was permitted by the party’s Constitution.
When contacted, Mr. Gadeto described the executives as “cowards” who cannot not face him and dispute the claims he made on the day the result was declared, noting that he did not understand why the NDC executives would wait until he decided not to drag them to court, before the party started making statements about the concerns he had raised.
Mr. Gadeto said the threat by the NDC to expel him would not have any effect on him because he (Gadeto) would not be the first to have gone independent or taken the party to court, adding that what the NDC should be thinking about, whether it could really hold on to the seat and defeat him in 2016.
“I am now preparing to embark on serious campaign towards the next general election (during) which I know, I would defeat them”.
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