Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) youth organiser for the Fomena constituency in the Ashanti Region, Robert Owusu Tilton, could be arrested by the police following his infamous revelation of stockpiling of deadly weapons by the ruling party to deal with political opponents in this year’s elections.
This follows a formal request by officers at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in Accra to Boss Fm to furnish the security agents with the radio broadcast recordings of the “January 5, 2016 morning show” programme.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command, which made the request to the radio station, said this would afford the National CID Headquarters the privilege to listen to the full tape of the discussion in respect of the voter register by the various political parties.
In a letter signed by Chief Supt Peter Baba, the police regional high command stated that the request was at the instance of a demand by the CID head office.
On Monday, the NDC man indicated on a live radio programme that the governing party has a stockpile of sharpened cutlasses to deal with political opponents in this year’s elections.
“We will cut people into pieces and assign them a place with the dead with our already sharpened cutlasses,” Robert Owusu said, and added that the police would not arrest them as they were in support of the NDC’s intention.
In a naked propaganda about fictitious ‘NPP aggression and violence’ intended to intimidate the Electoral Commission (EC), the NDC man, who doubles as the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Zonal Coordinator for the Obuasi area, declared on Boss Fm, a Kumasi-based private radio station, that his party was ready to tackle any aggression that could wipe out lives on earth in respect of the general elections.
He was reacting to comments by the General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nii Armah Akomfrah, that the nation should not go to the polls with divided opinion on the voter register since it could form the basis for any of the political parties to reject the outcome.
The ‘NPP aggression and violence’ appeared to be the NDC members’ meme of the day as another panellist from the party’s stock, Alex Asafo Adjei – an aide to the Ashanti Regional Minister – also repeated it while defending the assertion of his colleague, Robert Owusu Tilton.
Listeners of the programme lost count of how many times the phrase popped up in the discussion, partly devoted to the rejection of a new voter register by the EC.
The NDC activists managed to drum in the theme of ‘NPP aggression and intended violence’ relentlessly to justify the comment on cutting people into pieces, recounting some putative statements by leaders of the NPP in the past.
It is not uncommon to come across such beating of war drums by members of political parties in election years; but it would perhaps be unwise to dismiss this one as sheer bluster in the face of arms and ammunition discoveries in the country in the latter part of last year.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi