General News of Monday, 8 October 2018
Member of Parliament for Tafo-Pankrono in the Ashanti Region, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei has downplayed the disruption of a meeting between him and some constituency executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) by some members of vigilante group Delta Force.
According to the lawmaker, he has no grudge with the pro-NPP security group and, therefore, cannot say the irate young men who disrupted his meeting on Sunday, 7 October 2018 were there to attack him.
Dr Akoto Osei and the DCE were allegedly chased out by the group during the onslaught.
The MP, who was at the said meeting with polling station executives to inaugurate two party committees, was whisked to safety when the aggrieved Delta Force members invaded the venue of the gathering.
The lawmaker, who is also the Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation told Class News: “We were about to begin a meeting of polling station constituency executives, we were about to swear in two committees and then I heard a melee and then people scattered and I decided that I won’t stay around.
“I told to the MCE that I was going home… I spoke to the MCE and he told me he was at the police station doing what was necessary as the chairman of the Municipal Security Council.
“I cannot say they were coming to attack me because I don’t have any personal quarrel with them but they disrupted the meeting and that one is very clear… but it will be wrong for me to say that they were coming to attack me.
“I’ve not talked to the group for the longest time. There may be things in there that I’m not aware of… I haven’t spoken to them in a long time, they have not called me, and, so, I don’t want to say they have a personal grudge with me; that will be wrong”.
Meanwhile, members of the Delta Force have justified the attack and disruption of the meeting. The group claimed they had been neglected since the NPP won the 2016 elections.
A member of the group, Hark Musah Kasuree told Class News: “They [NPP] promised to give us jobs, but they are in power and have not given us jobs… They promised us jobs in the military, police and fire service and the boys agreed and that is why they followed the NPP during the campaign… That is why we were there to take action.”