Ayariga, Mahama supporters clash at PNC Congress

General News of Saturday, 12 December 2015

Source: myjoyonline.com

Hassan Ayariga SuitHassan Ayariga

Supporters of the two flagbearer aspirants of the People’s National Convention Dr Edward Mahama and Hassan Ayariga have clashed at the Upper West Region, venue for party’s Congress.

The party is seeking to elect national leaders as well as a flagbearer to contest the 2016 elections but the run up to the elections has not been without controversy.

The elections had to be rescheduled from November to December due to allegations of a dud cheque said to have been paid by Bernard Mornah for his chairmanship slot.

There were threats of court suits to restrain the party from going ahead with the elections but the party managed to resolve some of the challenges clearing the path for today’s congress.

However during a National Executive Committee meeting there were reports of clashes between the supporters of the two flagbearer aspirants.

It is not clear yet what may have caused the clashes. The aspiring chairman of the party Bernard Mornah who confirmed the violence said he could not tell the reason for the violence except to report Hassan Ayariga as saying his supporters were attacked by those supporting Dr Mahama.

There were also reports of gun shots during the clashes but Mornah said he could not confirm that.

He however admitted hearing a sound similar to that of a gunshot but was quick to add that it may well be the sound of fire crackers.

No injuries have been reported yet.

Mr Mornah said the police regional command has taken over the case and is investigating the matter.