The Korley Clottey constituency executives of the National Democratic Congress in the Greater Accra Region are on the heels of the National Motor Transport Traffic Unit (MTTU) Commander ACP Angwubutoge Awuni seeking immediate justice to the act of assault and intimidation perpetuated against their Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey by police officers at the MTTU headquarters led by ACP Awuni during the 2nd phase of the on-going biometric voter registration exercise.

Fuming with rage, the Clottey Korley constituency executives of the NDC said they find it extremely difficult to comprehend why the national MTTU boss acted unprofessionally and manhandled the former Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashietey.

These concerns were contained in a statement signed yesterday in Accra and issued by its constituency secretary, Mr. Solo Addo.

The statement described the conduct of ACP Awuni as “shameful and disgusting” calling on the Speaker of Parliament, Minister of Interior and the Inspector-General of Police to as a matter of urgency set up a committee of enquiry to investigate the matter and establish the truth.

It stated that the action of ACP Awuni was intended to put fear and panic in the Korley Clottey constituency registration agents who have been trained and know the rules governing the registration process, hence the need to investigate the matter for the justice to prevail.

“Our Member of Parliament doesn’t deserve this treatment and therefore want justice to be done.”

“The MTTU headquarters registration centre is bounded on the south by the Odododiodio constituency and accommodates mostly traders in Okaishie market. So the center is located in Klottey Korle and not in Odododiodio,” adding that “this registration center is sited purposely for the police officers, dependants and families who reside in the barracks.

The statement rubbished the allegations from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the presence of Nii Ashitey at the registration centre was to interfere in the registration process and also to stop the Electoral Commission (EC) officials from suspending the process.

“We wonder why police officers and some EC officials will encourage migrant workers and passers-by to register at this centre when the law regarding residents and non-residents is very clear.

The EC officials out of their own volition decided to suspend the registration process pending the arrival of the district registration supervisor who had been called to come and clarify and therefore explain who could register or not,” it asserted.

The statement narrated that on the faithful day, some Korley Clottey constituency executives of the NDC present at the centre and in the company of some other opposition party constituency executives saw people crossing from the market area to join the already formed long queues and drew the attention of the EC officials.

“As Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey quickly sent a phone call to the district registration supervisor, Adolf Lokko to come and intervene on the issue.

As part of his parliamentary duties of visiting registration centres on a daily basis, he was accompanied by the constituency secretary, organizer, youth organizer and some branch executives,” it further explained.

It averred that it was difficult to understand how Hon. Nii Armah will be prevented from seeking clarification on a thorny issue of people who do not reside in the locality who will be registered to decide who the Member of Parliament for Korley Clottey should be.

The statement noted that the MP was not impeding the registration process in any way.

“Out of no provocation, on the orders of ACP Awuni, Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey was held by his shirt, brutalized, intimidated and physically assaulted in the full glare of the public.”

“It is also untrue that, the MP asked for the dismissal of the MTTU commander from the service. After all, Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey did not employ ACP Awuni,” the statement noted.

“It is also instructive to note that in all of these, the constituency executives and party supporters believe there is a deliberate attempt on the part of the NPP to encourage non-residents to register in Korley Clottey constituency to boost their votes in order to gain political advantage over the NDC in the December general elections.”

The statement asked if ACP Awuni and his perpetrators had soon forgotten that, Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey is the immediate past Chairman of Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) adding that will the MTTU commander still have gone ahead with his insulting and violent behavior if the former Regional Minister was still at post or Parliament in session?

The statement stressed that ACP Awuni did not see anything wrong with the Ursula Owusu incident who was seen in broad day light holding a megaphone and announcing to street hawkers and traders at Okaishie market (Odododiodio area) that all Ghanaians living anywhere could go and register at MTTU H/Q because the MP for the area had been arrested and that “all die be die” action had begun.

“We the Korley Clottey constituency executives have come to a firm conclusion that MTTU commander ACP Angwubutoge Awuni has shown his bias for the NPP and cannot be seen to be neutral and has therefore brought the name of the police service into serious disrepute,” the statement said.

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