- NDC's national chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has reportedly stated that the party used the services of vigilante groups during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election
- He was allegedly caught on tape, as he also stated the reason behind the party's decision to pull out of the by-election
- In the tape, he is heard saying that the decisions of the party were strategic ones that would bring benefits
Information available to YEN.com.gh suggests that the national chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has confirmed the party used the services of the ‘Azorka Boys’ during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
According to a report by Kasapafmonline.com, he stated that the “Azorka Boys” had to be transported to Accra from northern Ghana to provide security for the NDC party during the election.
YEN.com.gh understands that officials from the national security, who appeared before the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice Francis Emile Short, disclosed that they had information that weapons were present in a house close to that of the NDC parliamentary candidate, Delali Kwesi Brempong.
The security officials added that they were also aware members of two NDC vigilante groups, Azorka Boys and the Hawks, were present during the election.
In a secret tape that has reportedly gone viral, Ampofo is heard briefing some people at an undisclosed location about the reason behind his decision to announce the party’s withdrawal from the by-election.
“I mean you have Chief Azorka in my meeting saying, Chief thank you, I said why, he said if you had not taken this decision I don’t know how my men would have gone back to Tamale.
The issue is that they had brought down the Kandahar Boys and the Kandahar boys know our boys from Tamale.
You know it was a targeted attack, and so once they spot you they invite them, and then around that time my people were so defenceless and they had packed themselves in pickups, so cordon off and hounding them was very very easy and they had not anticipated all these things coming, so it hasn’t been easy but for me how we take the battle from here is most critical.
“It is a question of mind game that they’ve come to play, I was here because I thought I should come and lift your spirits up and let you know that it was not a cowardice decision at all. It was a strategic decision which will benefit us,” Ofosu Ampofo reportedly said.
Reports of violence rocked the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, which took place on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
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