General News of Saturday, 13 April 2013
An elephant from a forest reserve on the Ghana-Burkina Faso border has pulled down a 2012 campaign bill board of President John Mahama in the Ghanaian village of Bagli in the Laura Nandom area on Friday April 12, 2013.
The vandalism by the elephant has left residents and spiritualists reading superstitious meanings into the incident because the opposition New Patriotic Party’s logo is an elephant.
While some believe it is a harbinger of how the election petition case will pan out at the Supreme Court, others have simply brushed it aside as a mere accident on the part of the marauding elephant.
Mahama Awudu, who witnessed the damage caused by the herd told XYZ News: “All of a sudden it pulled down John Mahama’s billboard and run back into the bush and went back into Burkina Faso”.
He said: “The Mallams and traditionalists have given their own interpretations into the incident”.
Awudu noted that politicians in the area have also put a political twist on the incident.
The eyewitness said: “People are saying that…it means victory for the elephant family”, as far as the opposition flagbearer for the 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s challenge of the 2012 election results is concerned.
“Other people are saying John Mahama’s family will handover, [and be] subdued,” he added.