By-election: No seat is more important than lives – NDC defends withdrawal

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it won’t allow party members to be assaulted following a shooting incident at the Ayawaso West Wuogon a by-election.

Speaking at a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra, the National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo says the NDC has withdrawn from this bye-election because of security reasons.

“This by-election has been turned into a war zone. It is very unfortunate and sad. The danger subjected to our members is enough and we won’t allow that to continue and so we have withdrawn from this contest. No seat is more important than our lives” he stated.

LISTEN: Audio: NDC pulls out of Ayawaso West Wuogon By-elections

The NDC has withdrawn from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election following a shooting incident.

Some National Security Operatives are alleged to have fired gunshots at a polling centre a La Bawaleshie, injuring about six persons believed to be NDC supporters.

“In the circumstances, I have conferred with the parliamentary candidate and the leadership of the NDC, we have no option than to withdraw from the ongoing exercise,” the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, said to the press.

LISTEN: Audio: Ayawaso by-election: Gunshots fired at La Bawaleshie polling centre

Mr. Ofosu Ampofo said the party’s candidate, Delali Brempong, was basically being “held hostage” in the area.

He also said there was “serious intimidation” from national security operatives.

Ofosu Ampofo called on President Akufo-Addo to ensure sanity since in his view, Ghana’s democracy is under siege.

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