Some youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have admitted to attacking the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Francis Kinsgley Ato Cudjoe, over the weekend, in Ekumfi in the Central Region.
According to the youth the attack on Mr Ato Cudjoe, who is also the MP for Ekumfi, was in reaction to unfulfilled promises made to the people of the area by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2016 election.
Mr Antwi Aidoo, the leader of the irate group that launched the attack, admitted yesterday that they were members of the NDC.
“The attack was as a result of the numerous unfulfilled promises they made to us. They cannot take us for a ride anymore.”
In a reaction, Mr Francis Nketia, Head of Election and Research of the NPP said that the action of the youth must be condemned by all.
“We all have to condemn this action by the NDC youth. I expect the NDC to raise the bar as far as politics is concerned. Hooliganism in politics must not be countenanced at all,” he said.
Meanwhile, the MP, Francis Ato Cudjoe has blamed the attack on his life by some youth of the area over the weekend on the NDC.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, the MP and District Chief Executive for the area were seen being whisked into their cars at Eyisam, the district capital, with a mob chasing after them.
The MP who doubles as deputy fisheries minister noted that even though the video was an exaggerated piece, it did not give a good impression about the political situation in the area.
He said not only was the place he was attacked an NDC stronghold, but the youth seen in the video are all NDC members.
“The whole incident is exaggerated. To suggest that I was being lynched and I was forced into my car is not true. It was an NDC orchestrated thing. Ekumfi is an NDC stronghold but we did some serious work there. So when we started talking they started saying ‘away NDC, bring NPP’. They say we have destroyed their work because they are into galamsey. After everything and we were going, they started banging the car with things and the DCE got out of the car and told them to stop,” he said.
He stressed that their claim that he promised to get them jobs was not true as the youth who attacked him did not have the qualification to gain work in the formal sector.
In an interview with the NDC’s Constituency Secretary for Ekumfi, Edward Acquah, he denied that the irate youth were NDC members.
He said “Ghanaians generally are disappointed and frustrated following the failure of the NPP administration to fulfill their promises, especially in the area of job creation”.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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