The Volta Regional chapter of the National Democratic Congress has described as “factually inaccurate” former President Jerry Rawlings account of an attack on one Edem Tekpli who is believed to be an associate of a parliamentary aspirant of the NDC, at Ho Thursday dawn.
The former President while condemning violence that marred the parliamentary by-election held in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in Accra which was characterized by shooting and thuggery, and the stabbing of Edem Tekpli at Ho by unknown assailants, blamed the incidents on internal party rivalry and cautioned perpetrators of violence in the country.
Mr. Rawlings maintained Edem Tekpli was a victim of “our own internal violent machination against the colleague of an aspiring parliamentarian” after he paid a visit to him at the Medifem Hospital at Westlands.
Reacting to the former President’s comment in a communique, Chairman of the Volta Regional Chapter of the NDC said Mr. Rawlings was “misinformed”, particularly in relation to Edem Tekpli’s attack.
Mr. John Kwadwo Gyapong insisted that, Edem Tekpli’s attack was not perpetrated by members of the NDC as alleged by former President Rawlings.
According to him, Mr. Tekpli had earlier narrated that he “was attacked on Thursday dawn by some unknown assailants who tried to snatch his bag from him in Ho. His refusal to give in to their demand resulted to him receiving slaps from the assailants who later stabbed him.”
Mr. Tekpli until his review in Accra, lived in Amule and “went about his normal activities”, thus, the residents of the community are in shock over the change in his account of the incident, Mr. Gyapong revealed.
“We must put on record that the entire Amule community is surprised the narrative of Mr. Edem Tekpli had changed to a political matter contrary to what he told them and what the former president said when he paid him a visit,” the statement further stressed.
Members of the Volta NDC while urging the general public “not to impugn any unfounded reasoning into the attack on Mr. Tekpli” but wait for report as the Police investigate the matter, also wished the victim a speedy recovery.
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FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS WAS MISINFORMED – VOLTA NDC CHAPTER
By Volta NDC Chapter
February 5th, 2019
REJOINDER : RAWLINGS CAUTIONS PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENCE .
The recent wave of contract killings, upsurge in armed robbery and political vigilantism in the country is a major concern not only to the citizens of Ghana but the global community as well. Ghana which is regarded as a beacon of democracy and the standard torch bearer is now being ridiculed in international circles.
The civil society such as the Catholic bishop, the former Methodist moderator, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as well as many prominent citizens of the land including former president Rawlings have added their voice to condemn the upsurge of vigilantism in the country under the leadership of H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
The NDC Volta chapter have observed some factual inaccuracies in respect to the attack on one Mr. Edem Tekpli as narrated by the former president in contributing to the rising wave of violent attacks in the country.
H.E former president made allusion to the fact that the attack on Mr. Edem Tekpli was as a result of ” our own internal violent machination against the colleague of an aspiring parliamentarian “.
The NDC Volta chapter holds the view the former president was either not well briefed or was misinformed on the issue relating to the attack on Mr. Tekpli.
Below are the facts relating to the attack on Mr. Edem Tekpli.
Mr. Tekpli stays in Ho and works in Dakpa within the Akatsi North district. According to his own narrative to the people of Amule community in Akatsi North, he was attacked on Thursday dawn by some unknown assailants who tried to snatch his bag from him in Ho. His refusal to give in to their demand resulted to him receiving slaps from the assailants who later stabbed him.
Mr. Tekpli reported the case to the police and was sent for treatment at a hospital in Ho of which he was treated and discharged.
Edem Tekpli later located to Amule community, stayed there for some couple of days and went about his normal activities.
Few days later, Mr. Tekpli travelled to Accra for review upon request of a potential parliamentary aspirant who sent a vehicle to pick him to Accra.