Angry NDC youth lock up DCE’s office

Politics of Monday, 8 April 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

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A five member group identifying themselves with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Thursday locked up the office of the Wassa Amenfi East District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Stephen Baidoo-Acheampong.

The group, led by the NDC Constituency Youth Organiser, Mr Emmanuel Boni, claimed the performance of the DCE was not in the interest of the party, resulting in disaffection.

However, other party members in the district said the action by the group was uncalled for, and that they were acting on their own.

The group was said to have rushed to the office of the DCE to lock it up while the DCE was away on an official tour of the district.

The incident was reported to the police who went to restore order and opened the door for the DCE, who is currently at post working.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the office was re-opened, the DCE said everything was under control and that he was in the district to serve the people.

He said those who locked up the office had ambitions for his position, but said it was unfortunate for them to have moved to the public office to lock it up.

The DCE said the focus currently was to advance the Better Ghana Agenda and to ensure that the party was re-elected, come 2016, saying “the journey towards victory 2016 must start now.”

He said the claim by the youth organiser that his administration would not help the party in 2016 was not true, pointing out that hard work at the district level resulted in the NDC’s remarkableperformance by snatching the seat that was held by the New Patriotic Party for 12 years.

Mr Baidoo-Acheampong said when he assumed office, there were several challenges facing the district, but the assembly had worked hard to address many of them.

He said the move by Mr Boni and his group was not the best for the party, adding “We must work as a team and ensure that we achieve our goals of serving the people of Ghana.”