The Director of Political Affairs at the Office of the Chief of Staff, Frank Asiedu Bekoe, popularly known as Protozoa, has distanced himself from the scuffle that ensued between New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters at a funeral in Suhum.
At least two persons sustained injuries during the clashes between two rival groups of the party in the Suhum Constituency of the Eastern Region and some media reports claim Protozoa was a beneficiary of the melee.
In a statement, he said: “I wish to state with all certainty and clarity that I am in no way a party to the scuffle at Suhum, hence, the publication by some media outlets must be treated as gross misrepresentation and upmost distortion aimed at casting a slur on my hard won reputation.”
“In fact, I have no capacity and interest to incite party grassroot communicators against the party hierarchy in Suhum. Rather, the rift was between supporters of the MP (Hon. Oboafo Kwadwo Asante) and members of the Eastern Regional grassroot communication team who had come to sympathise with their colleague communicator, Opare.”
Below is the full statement:
At least two persons sustained injuries during the clashes between two rival groups of the party in the Suhum Constituency of the Eastern Region.
In a statement, Kyerematen called for a speedy resolution of differences between the two feuding sides to restore peace and discipline in the party.
“Rumors currently circulating on social media that the clash was between my supporters and those of our Vice President are not only completely false, but mischievous and have been contrived to bring both the Vice President and my good self into public ridicule. I condemn without reservation this barbaric act of some members of our great party,” the statement said.
It added: “I believe strongly that any disagreement whether relating to a contest for position or differences in ideas and opinions should not be manifested in such violence in a party such as ours. The ideals of our party and tradition call for peaceful and harmonious coexistence and our motto, (Development in Freedom), has no place for violence.
“I therefore urge the Suhum Constituency Executives, the Eastern Regional Executives as well as the National Executives of the party to take immediate steps to resolve the differences between the two feuding sides to restore peace and discipline in the party.”