Police manhunt NDC agent ….for allegedly defacing NPP posters, billboards
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Fawoade-Ashanti
The Mamponteng Police have mounted a search for one Agya Osei, an elder of the Saviour Church of Ghana (Gyidi Kokoo) of Ntonso in the Kwabre East district of the Ashanti Region, for his alleged involvement in the removal and defacing of New Patriotic Party (NPP) posters, mini flags and billboards.
The manhunt follows a formal report lodged by the NPP constituency secretary, Mr. Patrick Adu Donkor, who claims that party posters were continually being removed on a daily basis by unknown persons.
Agya Osei’s suspicion follows a hide-and-seek attitude he had adopted of late to avoid lawful arrest by the police, who have not succeeded in apprehending him on two occasions.
He is believed to be an agent of a National Democratic Congress (NDC) sponsored syndicate, which goes round the constituency removing posters of the NPP parliamentary candidate and party flags hoisted around the constituency.
The Chronicle has gathered that the church elder had reportedly pleaded with the Assembly Member for Ntonsu Ahenase, one Shadrach, to plead for forgiveness on his behalf, claiming he did not know what came over him to indulge in the removal and destruction of NPP posters.
The constituency secretary said it takes less than 24 hours for the perpetrators to remove replaced posters and miniature NPP flags again, while posters of the NDC are left untouched.
He said the destroyed posters are replaced at great cost, only to be removed the next day, and warned that the perpetrators would be dealt with when caught.
He also complained that two billboards of the flagbearer and the parliamentary candidate erected at Aboaso and Ntonso, which cost GH¢1,200 each, had been cut down by the group.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Kofi Frimpong, has said the party was not disturbed by the removal of its posters, because the NPP would win the 2012 elections, whether posters and flags are removed or not.
He said the perpetrators can decide to remove all posters posted around the Kwabre East constituency, because that would have zero effect on the election results.
Mr. Frimpong, however, warned that those who indulging in the practice risk facing the full rigours of the law, when caught.
The parliamentary aspirant has urged his followers to let peace prevail, and not to take the law into their hands and retaliate.
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