NDC and NPP supporters clash over bridge construction at Awutu Akomatom

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Supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Awutu Senya West constituency have clashed over the construction of a bridge at the Awutu Akomatom community.

According to the constituency chairman of the NPP, Paul Aidoo, the residents of the community requested the construction of a bridge when the NPP’s parliamentary candidate, Eugene Arhin, visited.

The NDC, on the other hand, sai they also engaged with the community last week regarding the construction of the bridge, and the MP, Gizella Tetteh Agbotui, made commitments in the form of cement to commence its construction this week, only to see supporters of the NPP’s parliamentary candidate encroach on the area to also commence construction.

The timely intervention of the police prevented the matter from escalating further.

“We came here on Sunday to campaign in the community, and they told us that they needed a bridge. We began processes, and all of a sudden, the NDC encroached on the area. The people would have told us that the NDC had promised to construct the bridge if they had indeed visited and made promises. Gizella Tetteh is the MP, and she has not constructed the bridge for them, but why is she promising to do it now?” one NPP supporter indicated.

“The MP Gizella Tetteh engaged the community of Akomatom in a community durbar and promised to embark on the construction of the bridge. She even gave the community 20 bags of cement, so I don’t know why Eugene Arhin is doing that, knowing very well that Gizella has started,” an NDC supporter also said.

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed an interlocutory injunction against the conduct of parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asante Mampong constituency brought before it by some 35 disgruntled members of the party.

The Parliamentary primary in the Mampong Constituency was suspended due to an injunction obtained by the disgruntled party members.

Since February 2022, the NPP in the Mampong Constituency has been entangled in a legal dispute triggered by some dissatisfied party members contesting the validity of polling station elections.

After a year-long court battle, the High Court in Mampong dismissed the case, enabling the party to conduct elections for electoral area coordinators and constituency executives.

However, the plaintiffs, dissatisfied with the ruling, obtained a separate injunction aimed at preventing polling station executives from participating in the NPP’s Presidential primaries last year.

Due to procedural errors, the polling station executives were able to participate in the election.

Led by Kofi Sarpong, the plaintiffs secured a fresh injunction on the January 27 parliamentary primaries of the party in the Mampong Constituency, following an appeal on the dismissed case.

However, a three-member panel led by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa dismissed the application on Wednesday, February 14.

Counsel for the respondents, Francis Opuni Kesse said the ruling paves the way for the party to organize fresh parliamentary elections in the constituency.

“We went to court based on an application for an interlocutory injunction against the conduct of parliamentary elections at Mampong and so as respondents, we opposed and counsel made their respective arguments before the court and the court held that it will better serve the party that the application be dismissed so that application is no more and so as it stands, the party can go ahead to organize elections.”

Counsel for the plaintiffs, Emmanuel Osei Abu-Bonsra though not satisfied with the ruling, maintains he respects the court’s decision but says they will consider other legal options.

“I am not satisfied with the ruling but I respect the decision of the court and I will advise my clients on what to do next because we have other options to explore. We can go to the Court of Appeal and even the Supreme Court and we can even go for a review, so we have not yet exhausted the channels available to us.”

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