Deputy Energy Minister Dr Mohammed Amin Anta has been accused for the pre-election violence between supporters of the National Democratic Congress and and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Karaga constituency.
At least three (3) supporters of the NPP have been admitted to the hospital after they sustained high degree of injuries due to the clash.
Dr Amin Anta, who doubles as parliamentary candidate for Karaga has condemned the violence and blamed incumbent MP Alhassan Dandawa for attempting to instill fear in the electorates ahead of the December polls.
He also called on the police to arrest the NDC legislator over the matter indicating his opponent had organized thugs to attack his supporters.
“We all have to contribute to bringing lasting peace in the area because the man is losing his seat and all that is left for him is to cause violence in the area in order to deter people from coming out to vote.
“We will not allow that, and I am calling on the security agencies to act expeditiously. The man must be arrested as well as his supporters”, he told Accra-based Citi FM.
But the Northern Regional Secretary of the opposition NDC, Mohammed Abdul Salam at a press briefing on Wednesday, 11th November said Karaga was peaceful until Dr Amin Anta contested the NPP primaries.
According to him, both NDC and NPP coexist before the Deputy Minister in charge of Petroleum invaded the constituency with deceit and lies.
He also recounted some acts of unprovoked brutalities meted to members of the NDC during the voter registration in August.
“Upon his entry into Karaga, [the constituency] has never been known for any form of political violence. Because both the NDC and NPP leadership are a family and will never fight each other”, he stated.
Mr Salam opined that the people of Karaga will continue to vote for the NDC hence the party’s dominance in the constituency.
“Truth is, the Karaga constituency has been and will remain the stronghold of the National Democratic Congress, even when the constituency was Gushegu/Karaga, the Karaga area has largely been sympathetic to cause and beliefs of NDC, and that has not changed”, he alluded.