Hundreds of supporters and party faithfuls of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have undertaken a three-hour protest through the principal streets of Sogakope in the South Tongu district of the Volta Region. The demonstration was aimed among other things at registering their displeasure about what they described as a flawed 2020 election results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) in favour of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and its Presidential Candidate in the just-ended polls.
The demonstrators, numbering more than eight hundred (800), were not only cladded in red attires but also carried several placards some of which read, ‘Stolen Verdict’, ‘EC Wants To Plunge Ghana Into Chaos’, ‘Nana Must Go’ and ‘Stop The Killings, Mr. Human Rights Lawyer’. They also chanted ‘asafo’ songs to express their anger about the recent political developments in the country.
The three-hour march began from the Sogakope Police Barrier through the Police Station Junction and Adidome Roundabout. It continued to the main traffic light on the Accra-Aflao highway after which it headed to the Y-Junction before the protestors ended up through the old town road at the deserted and cordoned premises of the Sogakope Office of the EC.
More than eighty (80) security personnel made up of some armed officers from the Ghana Police Service (GPS), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) as well as the Naval Base Training School at Agorta, were deployed during the demonstration. It was however unclear what precipitated the deployment of the large number of security men and women to the event.
Some regional and constituency chairmen and executives as well as supporters of the party from the Central and North Tongu, Keta and Anlo, Ketu South and North, Ho Central as well as the Akatsi South and North Constituencies were largely represented at the demonstration. Three former District Chief Executives (DCEs) of the party namely Hon. Samuel Mawuko Eworyi of South Tongu, Hon. Sylvester Eddah Tornyeavah of Keta as well as Hon. Mary Theodora Agbenyenu also took part in the street protests.
When the protestors arrived at the EC Office around 12.15pm, Tuesday, for the presentation of their petition, the offices of the EC were locked up while the officials were nowhere to be found. The EC building was however cordoned with about six (6) armed policemen protecting the building.
Before the NDC leadership took turns to address the angry supporters, one of the fetish priests accompanying the demonstrators offered a pouring of libation prayer to the gods of the land and region to intervene and strike anyone who in his words is working to subvert the truth and the true verdict of the people in the recent polls. The fetish priest also killed a white cock as part of the libation prayer.
Reading the contents of the petition to the media and the teeming demonstrators and sympathizers, the South Tongu Constituency Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Francis Nyamasekpor maintained that the NDC was given a raw deal by the EC in the November, 2020 polls. According to him, the supporters and the entire membership of the NDC have thrown their support to and weight behind the NDC flagbearer to outrightly reject the results of the polls which in their view were flawed and full of lots of irregularities.
The Regional Vice Chairman of the party and former Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi, Hon. George Loh assured the supporters that the NDC leadership would do everything within the law to seek justice. In his view, the demonstrations would continue as enshrined by law in the 1992 constitution until the right things are done.
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See photos from the demonstration below.
Credit: Akukorku Media Consult