The Suame Constituency Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region, Umar Saeed has been attacked by armed men, suspected to be vigilante group.
According to the police, the NDC executive said to be in critical condition, suffered several machete wounds on his entire body after the attack and is currently on admission at a health facility in Kumasi.
Snippets of information gathered by MyNewsGH within the party says the attack was made by some NDC vigilante group members after the chairman refused to return a party vehicle in his possession after a court ordered him to step down from his position following raging litigation.
A court in Kumasi, it would be recalled in December last year, asked Umar to step aside after his victory as chairman for the constituency pending the conclusion of a case filed against him.
The development is said to have deepened the wrangling within NDC members in the constituency, with some insisting Umar returns all properties belonging to the party in his possession.
The Chairman is being challenged by one Ibrahim Yakubu who claims the NDC Constituency Chairman, Saeed Umar is not a registered voter in the Suame Constituency and hence does not qualify to be the Chairman or represent the constituency at the national delegates’ level.
The court presided over by His. Lordship Frederick K. Tetteh after hearing an application for interlocutory injunction ordered the Chairman not to hold himself as Chairman until the final determination of the matter is reached.
But MyNewsGh.com confirmed that armed men with guns and other weapons attacked the chairman during a meeting between chairmen and delegates from Suame and Tafo constituencies and NDC presidential aspirant Sylvester Mensah.
The armed men started firing gunshots and assaulted some delegates including the Chairman.
Umar Saeed sustained various degree on injuries after the attack and he was rushed to the hospital for treatment while the vehicle has been taken to Suame Divisional police command while an investigation is ongoing.
Umar Saeed has been admitted at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for treatment.
This comes in the wake of reports that Mr. Saeed Umar popularly known as Shabba lodging complaints that he was being threatened with death by some elements within the party prior to the latest incident.