The National Democratic Congress (NDC) headquarters in Accra became the epicenter of chaos as supporters of disqualified parliamentary candidate Michael Nii Yarboi unleashed their anger through acts of vandalism, causing traffic disruptions in the process.
The disturbance unfolded on Wednesday, with impassioned protesters blocking roads and obstructing traffic flow. Michael Nii Yarboi, whose aspirations for the Odododiodioo Constituency were thwarted by his disqualification under the NDC ticket, became the focal point of discontent among his fervent supporters, leading to the destructive protest at the party’s headquarters.
The irate supporters symbolically conveyed their dissatisfaction by piling refuse in front of the NDC head office, exacerbating the chaos and contributing to significant traffic congestion, inconveniencing commuters and pedestrians alike.
Donned in party paraphernalia and vocalizing slogans in support of Yarboi, the protesters accused the NDC leadership of unfair treatment and bias in their decision to disqualify their preferred candidate. Their demands echoed through the crowd, calling for a reversal of the decision and vowing to persist with their protests until their concerns are addressed.
The disqualification of Michael Nii Yarboi was announced by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC on Tuesday. The decision hinged on a report submitted by a Special Committee assigned to investigate the violence that erupted during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants in the Odododiodioo Constituency on October 13, 2023.
In response to the upheaval, the NDC released a statement condemning the acts of vandalism, expressing disappointment in the actions of the agitated supporters. The party reiterated its commitment to internal party democracy while urging supporters to respect decisions made by the party leadership.
Promptly responding to the crisis, the Ghana Police Service deployed personnel to the scene to restore order and disperse the protesters. Investigations into the vandalism are ongoing, with the police urging the public to remain calm and avoid any further acts of violence or destruction.