Member of Parliament for the Asutifi South Collins Dauda was on the early hours of Tuesday attacked with a pepper spray whilst inspecting electoral proceedings at some registration centers at Acherensua, in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo Region.
According to reports, Mr Dauda was attacked unprovoked by a man who directly fired pepper spray into his eyes at the Methodist Primary School registration center at Acherensua.
Speaking to GhanaWeb, Collins Dauda said for the intervention of the police, things could have been worse.
“I went on monitoring to see how the registration is going on and at the Methodist Primary School, a gentleman pulled out something. Without provocation, he pulled out something and sprayed into my eyes and it turned out to be pepper spray. It happened in the midst of police men deployed from the regional command at Goaso. They are the ones who helped me into their car because my car wasn’t around, and took me to the hospital where I received treatment at Acherensua Health Center,” he said.
He blamed the driver of his opponent for masterminding the act.
“He is one of the drivers of the opponent, the NPP Parliamentary Candidate. His name is Okai Emma, he is the one who did that,” he said.
He added, “It’s not as if there was a fight, its not as if there was an exchange of words, nothing. I want to believe that it was planned, otherwise why would anyone go to a registration center with a pepper spray in his pocket? Besides he is not somebody who is from where the registration was taking place, he is from a different community. He is from Hwidiem, our district capital and this incident happened at Acherensua so why did he leave his house with a pepper spray in his pocket, and didn’t spray it on anybody but me? So it shows clearly that they planned to do that, and they succeeded in executing it.”
He however noted that he has since been discharged from the hospital and doing well.
“From the hospital I went to the police to make a formal report at the Acherensua police station and I hope that they get him arrested and for the law to take its course,” he intimated.