Kumasi Goes Dead Silent
A SOUND of pin would have been heard on the streets of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, the stronghold of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), shortly after the Supreme Court had pronounced its judgment.
But the city went dead in shock, after the 9-member Panel of the Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the case of the petitioners.
Though, the atmosphere, earlier in the morning was relatively quiet, compared to normal days, the deafening silence that followed the delivery of the final verdict was enough to describe the reaction of residents in the metropolis, particularly supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
From the Prempeh II Street in Adum and then to Kejetia, only few private and commercial cars were seen plying the roads, as everyone remained indoors waiting anxiously for the final verdict.
When the President of the court, Justice Atuguba, signed off after the judgment, there was little difference between the winners and the vanquished, as the mood was generally the same.
But minutes after the verdict had been pronounced, the streets began to get busy with vehicular and human presence and movement. Life seemed to have bounced back to replace the rather serene atmosphere and uncertainty that clouded the early part of the day
The heavy presence of armed military and policemen on the streets of the capital appeared to have added to the tension and anxiety that had already filled the atmosphere. But in spite of the anticipated anarchy which forced many traders to stay indoors, deployed security personnel virtually had a field day.
Residents hardly jubilated, except signs of regret on their faces. Few persons on the street looked downcast and morose as they murmured amongst themselves, with some expressing their displeasure at the judgment, while a few expressed their contentment with the turn of events.
A visibly shocked female teacher, Grace Opoku, however, said she was happy with the ruling because turning the table on the NDC would have sparked off chaos.
‘I like it this way because followers in strongholds of both parties could have ignited trouble which could escalate to other parts of the country’, she noted and hoped the NPP as a party would understand it too.
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