Angry youth who invaded a radio station where Mustapha Gbande was speaking to defend the reorganization of the party’s caucus in parliament attacked and beat him up. Gbande is the deputy general secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress.
The hostile event happened on the grounds of Radio Tamale on January 25, 2023.
The media outlet claims that Gbande was eventually rescued from the angry guys and taken away, but not before being slapped and verbally abused.
“While the conversation was still going on, a number of Haruna followers surrounded the radio station and tried to assault the deputy secretary because they didn’t like the answers and justifications they had heard. However, they were stopped.
Radio Tamale posted on its Facebook page that “they violently attacked him outside the studios of the radio station after the broadcast with accompanying slaps and insults, as he was hurried into his vehicle.”
According to reports, Gbande stated in the aforementioned interview that while he personally disagreed with the party’s choice to change the composition of the DNC caucus in parliament, he thought the move was justified.
He then urged the party’s membership to put their faith in the judgment of the NDC’s new leadership, noting that the party had a wealth of human resources across all fronts and that anyone might be called upon at any time to assist in the effort to win the 2024 election.
The speaker, Alban Bagbin, was formally informed of the NDC’s decision to reorganize its leadership in the legislative house through a letter, and the departing leaders were also made aware of the shift, which was made public on Tuesday, January 24.
Cassiel Ato Forson, a member of parliament for Ajumako Enyan Esiam, has succeeded Haruna Iddrisu, the NDC’s minority leader and representative for Tamale-South. James Klutsey Avezi, MP for Ketu-North, who served as his deputy, has been replaced by Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembele Constituency, and Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, MP for Asawase in the Ashanti Region, has been replaced as Chief Whip by Kwame Governs Agbodza, MP for Adaklu Constituency.
Some NDC lawmakers have expressed outrage about the reorganization, claiming that they were not consulted and that they have not informed the party of their dissatisfaction with the previous leadership. A component of the minority caucus in parliament has backed the Ato Forson-led leadership, while another sector has called for the party to reverse its decision.
The new minority leader has pledged to carry out the position diligently with the caucus’ backing.
On January 26, Forson stated, “As a leader, it will be my responsibility to represent our joint aims with unflinching dedication and high integrity.”
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by party chairman Johnson Asiedu Nketia and general secretary Fiifi Kwetey, insists that the required consultations had been conducted before the decision was made and that it will not be changed.