NPP supporters at Nana?s house yesterday

Hundreds of disenchanted supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday staged a protest against the Electoral Commission?s decision to declare last Friday?s presidential election in favour of incumbent President John Dramani Mahama.

Some of the supporters who stormed the party?s Asylum Down headquarters, chanting war songs and clad in NPP colours and later moved to the private residence of the flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, called for justice, charging the party leadership not to accept the results of the polls amidst shouts of ?no Nana, no President? and ?we no go gree [agree].?

Most of them had gone to the place when news went round that the NPP presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, was set to address supporters.

In a matter of an hour, the entire premises and streets had been swamped with people from all walks of life, some arriving in groups on foot and others in taxi cabs.

The crowd became agitated after waiting for several hours only to be told Nana Addo could not make it and that he was caught up in a meeting.

This was followed by an advice by a party leader for them to go home and return the next day.

But that was not meant to be since it was met with stiff opposition from the supporters who said they would not leave until they saw and heard from their hero.

In the process, some of them started throwing sachet water at those addressing them.

A team of armed policemen sent to the place could not save the situation as it was prevented from entering the premises.

Upon realising the anxiety of the party supporters in seeing their leader, the leaders had no option but to ask all of them to move to the Nima residence of Nana Addo, causing serious traffic on the road leading to the Nima police station area where the house is located.

A combined team of armed policemen and soldiers, with the support  of national security operatives, had a terrible time controlling the irate supporters at Nana Addo?s Nima residence where they had spilled over onto the road linking the Nima roundabout and the Ring Road Central.

Tempers flared when supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) drove through the crowd, waving flags amidst blaring songs from their vehicles.

The police however intervened to avoid a possible clash.

At one point, a trigger-happy policeman fired a warning shot to disperse the NPP supporters who were incensed by an NDC supporter driving a vehicle with loud speakers and trying to tease them.

Later in the evening, the Chairman of the Africa Union (AU) and president of Benin, Thomas Yayi Boni, arrived at the residence to confer with Nana Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party executives.

He was met with chants of ?we want justice? from the NPP supporters who had gathered.

The short meeting, which was open to the media, was however conducted in French.

The thrust and direction of the meeting was therefore lost to journalists and as a result, they were compelled to make their own conjectures as to what might have transpired between the two leaders.

A source later told DAILY GUIDE Boni was there to discuss the way forward with Nana Addo and that the NPP leader communicated the party?s position to the Beninois President who took notice of the opposition party?s concerns.

Prior to that, the AU Chairman was said to have met President Mahama at the Osu Castle to hold similar talks.

He also met former President Jerry John Rawlings at his Ridge office.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu & William Yaw Owusu


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