Ace radio presenter with Peace FM Kwame Sefa Kayi has described as ‘stupid’ the violent conduct of some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Mampong in the Ashanti Region.
Mr. Sefa Kayi on Thursday could not fathom why the supporters would be rowdy in their quest to show their unflinching support to politicians.
“It’s a stupid act,” he said on his morning show. “Did you see any family member of the politician at the scene? Why should you misbehave to prove your support? It is nonsense,” he fumed.
Several supporters of the NPP at Mampong have been injured in an internal violent clash. According to a report by 3news.com, a former Member of Parliament for the area, Francis Addai-Nimoh, was prevented by the supporters of the incumbent MP, Sarpong Ampratwum, from filing his nomination forms to contest the party’s primary.
The situation created confusion among the supporters of the two aspiring candidates, causing them to clash in a free-for-all fight at the party’s constituency office Wednesday afternoon.
Supporters from both sides hurled stones at each other while others used sticks to smash their opponent, injuring some of them in the process.
Video from the scene showed one person who was slapped with a stick collapsed in front of a shop near the party office while another person who had a stick in hand with blood oozing from his face being restrained.
Others were captured heckling each other just in front of the party office which is located on a first floor of a building.
It took the intervention of the police to disperse the angry crowd.
Mr Addai-Nimo and the incumbent MP, Sarpong Ampratwum, were scheduled to submit their nomination forms on Wednesday at different times but the former MP’s forms were twice rejected by the constituency election committee without reasons, when it was submitted by a delegation.
Though Mr Ampratwum had filed his nomination form earlier in the morning, his supporters stayed at the party office until afternoon and prevented a five-man delegation sent by Mr Addai-Nimo from filing the nomination form on his behalf.