There was pandemonium in the studios of Hot Fm, an Accra-based radio station, on Wednesday, when two spokespersons for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) turned the place into a boxing ring.
But for the timely intervention of host Omanhene Kwabena Asante, the co-panelists and some staff of the station, the situation would have turned bloody.
The argument over a topic for discussion got so heated and subsequently listeners heard voices saying: ‘don’t push me’, ‘I’ll beat you’ ‘I’ll kill you’ in the background before the programme was taken off air for a commercial break.
The two NDC men who engaged in the scuffle were Eben Duncan, a man said to be at the Castle office of Kofi Totobi Kwakye, and Stephen Yelhi-Bona Akachawon, a member of the NDC Communication team in the Northern Region, who said President Atta Mills’s face alone would lead to the defeat of the NDC in 2012.
It all started when Mr. Akachawon stormed the station during one of its flagship programmes called ‘Dwene ho biom’ to vent his spleen on the inability of the Mills administration to find the killers of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II, Overlord of Dagbon.
At the time he was given the microphone to speak, the host had already introduced the panelists for the show; Eben Duncan (NDC), Yaw Adomako Baafi (NPP), Kofi Osei-Ameyaw (NPP and a first timer on the programme) and Clement Opoku Kyeremanteng (a social commentator).
Mr. Akachawon did not mince words at all and accused his own party of making huge campaign promises but failing to fulfill them and went ahead to say the Mills-led government lied to attain power.
He said during the 2008 campaign, the NDC designed specific messages for the various regions and the message for the Northern region was that when elected, the NDC would find and prosecute the Ya Na’s killers because they had evidence including photographs of the perpetrators.
He added that President Mills and all the MPs in Tamale used the Ya Na murder to solicit votes and come to power.
“When in power, the NDC arrested some people and created the impression as if they were going to jail them but the release of the suspects by the court shows that the arrests were a camouflage.
“Thousands of people are disappointed in the Mills administration. They are disillusioned. They promised us heaven and have not even built a gate.
The leadership must change otherwise the NDC will lose the 2012 elections.”
Mr. Akachawon described appointees of President Mills as business people who did not care about those at the grassroots.
“People are angry with the President and are urging him to get down. His appointees continue to massage issues for us.”
He said President Mills had no policy direction, adding, “If I should ask the President one policy direction of his government, he will not be able to answer me.”
“If Nana Konadu should come out to contest, I will support her because President Mills’s face is too ugly for the party.”
He said there was widespread corruption in the Mills administration and alleged that John Jinapor, an aide to the Vice President had built a 4-storey house in Accra within two years of the NDC government and that he had photographs of the said building.
Mr. Jinapor, soon after those pronouncements, called into the programme to confront Mr. Akachawon about the allegations and dared him to produce the evidence for him to resign from his position as spokesperson of the Vice President.
After Jinapor’s call, Mr. Akachawon also threw a challenge to him not to provoke him because “I do not speak anyhow.”
At that juncture, Eben Duncan described Mr. Akachawon as a frustrated person who was using the wrong channel to get his grievances addressed but Mr. Akachawon hit back to say he had the right to express his views as a party member.
Hell then broke loose and DAILY GUIDE learnt that the two supporters of the NDC had to be physically separated before calm was restored.
Source Daily Guide