Parliamentary aspirants exchange blows at vetting

Executives of the NDC have put on hold vetting in three constituencies in the Ashanti Region

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The vetting of National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirants in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday was characterized by throwing of punches, hurling of insults and the breaking of glasses by some members of the party.

According to reports by Daily Guide, there were violent scenes at the location of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), venue of the vetting of the 106 aspirants who had filed to contest in the party’s parliamentary primaries. Some fear-stricken party supporters ran helter-skelter to save their lives.

Even some journalists, who were at the venue to report on the vetting process, were nearly attacked by some angry-looking NDC supporters, who accused some of them of filming the dastardly act.

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It all started when supporters of Francis Dodovi, a contender in the Suame constituency and Brogya Genfi, the Ashanti Regional NDC Youth Organizer – whom the Suame NDC executives claim to have been disqualified from the race – clashed violently.

Supporters of Brogya Genfi, including stoutly-built men, accused Francis Dodovi of not being a true NDC man because he invaded the venue of the vetting in the company of NDC and some known New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters in Kumasi.

Francis Dodovi’s supporters, who were certainly peeved about the comments, insisted that Dodovi was the suitable person for the NDC at Suame because he could even attract NPP and other opposition political party members to the NDC ahead of the 2016 polls.

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Within minutes, what initially started as a mere verbal exchange between party members had turned violent with supporters of both Messrs Dodovi and Genfi temporarily turning the premises of the RCC into a boxing arena.

Some of the irate party members went as far as breaking glasses in some windows which they tried using to injure their own party members, but other party supporters intervened swiftly to forestall any mishap.

The feud, which lasted for about 20 minutes, did not have any direct effect on the vetting process, which was being done behind closed-doors by some top party members.

When peace was finally restored, some blood-thirsty NDC guys turned the heat on some journalists, including Ato Dapatem of Daily Graphic, who they suspected he had captured the nasty occurrence on his cellular phone.

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From the Daily Graphic reporter, the NDC supporters turned their anger on Abdel Basit of Metro TV, whose camera they tried to snatch to ascertain whether he had recorded the feud or not.

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