As the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) gears up for the November 7 general elections, the party aside its preparations continues to suffer the brunt of most unfortunate and unexpected events that rocked the party from the beginning of 2015 till now. Here are five of such developments.
1. Murder of Abuakwa North MP Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu
It came as a shock to members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) when JB Danquah Adu got stabbed to death by assailants at his residence in Accra . Even though investigations are pending over the assault, most members of parliament within the party have called for the provision of personal security against serial killings. So far, the Greater Accra regional police commander, DCOP George Akuffo Dampare has led the arrest of the lead suspect in the murder.
2. Suspension of party chairman, Paul Afoko
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party unanimously voted to suspend its national chairman Paul Afoko indefinitely. The NEC upheld the overwhelming decision by the disciplinary committee which decided that Paul Afoko be suspended. The decision which was taken in a meeting called on Friday October 23 2015, by first national vice chairman, Freddie Blay has been described by some political analysts as an in house political coup against Afoko.
3. Acid attack on party's Upper East regional chairman, Adams Mahama
Adams Mahama was showered with acid on May 20 2015 while returning home from his construction site late in the night by some unknown men. Gory reports showed how the assailants poured acid on him while in his vehicle close to his residence. The regional chairman was rushed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
4. Death of former NPP chairman, Obetsebi Lamptey
The former national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi Lamptey died on March 20 this year. Reports indicate that he died of blood cancer while in London. He was the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2000 Presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional transition of power.