Some aggrieved persons believed to be supporters of Michael Nii Yarboi have vandalised the head office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Accra.
This comes after the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) NDC in a statement on Wednesday disqualified Michael Nii Yarboi from contesting in the Parliamentary elections in the Odododiodioo Constituency.
The decision, according to the party was based on a report submitted by the Special Committee assigned to investigate the violence that occurred at Odododiodioo Constituency during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants held on October 13, 2023.
FEC also decided that the other two aspirants, Mr. Alfred Nii Kotei Ashie and Mr. Emmanuel Nii Okai Laryea whose supporters reportedly caused the damage to properties at the Center of the vetting will be surcharged jointly for all the cost of the damage at the centre.
In addition, FEC has directed its election directorate to promptly organize the parliamentary primaries for the Odododiodioo Constituency.
The angry supporters who were unhappy with the disqualification of Nii Yarboi heaped refuse in front of the party’s head office and blocked the road slowing traffic.
An eyewitness said “According to them, they want an MP called Don and they have taken him out of the contest. Meanwhile, he is the one who has been helping the community for a very long time. Especially sending the youth in the community to school. They said he is sponsoring almost 13 or 18 students in university and SHS so he is the one they want and not the other two because the other two according to them are incompetent.”
“One was given the nod as an assemblyman but couldn’t fulfil his promises and was given another chance to be a secretary but left the country for abroad and was back to seek the MP position. And the second one was an MP as Ashaiman and he couldn’t fulfil his promises there and wants to come to his constituency to make amendment.”
Below is the full statement
The Functional Executive Committee (FEC), today the 28th of November, 2023 at its meeting at the Headquarters has received the report of the Special Committee set up to investigate the violence that occurred at Odododiodioo Constituency during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants held on October 13, 2023.
The FEC after a careful study of the report has decided as follows:
1. That Mr. Michael Nii Yarboi is not qualified by the provisions of article 41 (8) (b) of the constitution
of the NDC and therefore cannot contest in the Parliamentary elections in Odododiodioo Constituency.
2. That the other two aspirants, Mr Alfred Nii Kotei Ashie and Mr. Emmanuel Nii Okai Laryea whose supporters the Committee’s findings reveal that they caused the damage to properties at the Center of the vetting are hereby surcharged jointly for all the cost of the damage at the centre.
3. That the FEC sends its apologies to Miss Akosua Octhere, the journalist who was manhandled on the vetting day and assures her the party will liaise with her to indemnify all her medical bills.
The FEC further directs its election directorate to take immediate steps to organize the parliamentary primaries for the Odododiodioo Constituency.