Presidential candidate of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has discredited claims by Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otukornor that he, [Hassan Ayariga] had a confrontation with the leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Kofi Akpaloo at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held on Thursday, January 30.
Mr. Otokunor after the stakeholder meeting with the EC yesterday told journalists that Mr. Ayariga and Kofi Akpaloo had been involved in near fisticuffs over the need for a new electoral register as proposed by the Electoral Commission.
“It was an attack by the LPG leader on the APC General Secretary. It was the disagreement about the time given to the political parties, the fact that CSOs were not allowed to make any comment and the fact that the technical responses that they were giving which required technical response from those who had asked the question were not allowed so it brought about the exchange. There was an exchange of blows, the leader of the LPG had to carry a chair and by the timely intervention of Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, there would have been bloodshed and that is the level the discussion went.
“The misunderstanding, the disagreement and the imperviousness of the electoral commission have led to the heightened tension and I think that is most unfortunate. This fight all came about because the political parties, for example, APC were saying that you cannot give the electoral commission two hours and give us 10 minutes, then we raised critical issues, you call them to come and respond and you did not give us rights of rebuttal so that brought the disagreement, they had to call reinforcement from the police,” Peter Otukonor told journalists.
But the leader of the All People’s Party, Hassan Ayariga has refuted the claims by the NDC’s Deputy General Secretary.