Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Ghana: Vice Presidential candidate assassination threat

NPP accuses unnamed NDC officials of plotting to assassinate its vice-presidential candidate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. Dr Bawumia was involved in a serious accident on 17March when the tyres on the car in which he was travelling burst causing the vehicle to flip over several times. He was flown to Accra's Lister Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and later discharged.

Joy News reported on 18 March that the NPP's General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, believes that national security officials are behind a “plot” to assassinate Dr Bawumia and other leading members of the NPP. He allegedly claimed that security officials had tampered with the tires of the brand new vehicle in which Dr Bawumia was travelling. He also noted that the tires of National Patriotic Party (NPP) party chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, had also burst under “bizarre circumstances” earlier in the weekend.

He is quoted as saying that the incident was a “desperate” attempt by the NDC and its security officials to wipe out Dr Bawumia and other key NPP party officials who are witnesses in the on-going presidential election petition at the Supreme Court.

Over the past couple of months the NPP has also accused the NDCof organising a police raid of an NPP research office and the burglary of the office of a party lawyer Gloria Akuffo. An NDC spokesperson described the allegations as “ridiculous.”

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