NDC Chairman Pulls Knife
THE EVALUE-GWIRA constituency chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Western Region, Umar Djoleto is said to have pulled a knife and threatened the life of the NDC Lower Axim branch organizer, Joseph Kwasikyi, who is also known as ‘Old Man,’ when the latter went to his house to demand the party’ motor-bike for some party activities.
When contacted, Mr. Kwasikyi confirmed the incident, but Mr. Djoleto denied ever pulling a knife on his own party man on Saturday, 14th November 2009 at Axim in the Western Region.
Old Man said he wanted to use the party’s motor-bike for some party errand, but Djoleto was angry with him and would not even listen to him, which led to some few exchanges between them.
“Djoleto then shouted on me to leave and also hit my chest and went for a knife, so I quickly move from his compound,” he mentioned. Isaac Wilmot, the NDC branch Secretary for Grant Hill in Axim, confirmed that Djoleto actually pulled a knife on Old Man and that he (Wilmot) had to restrain him from any grisly action.
Wilmot, who is popularly called “Old Soldier,” told DAILY GUIDE that he was at Djoleto’s house earlier that Saturday to discuss some pertinent issue with him before the arrival of Old Man. Djoleto in an interview with DAILY GUIDE said he rather sacked Old Man from his house on grounds that he neither respected nor regarded him as the party’s constituency chairman.
“Master, it is not true that I pulled a knife on Old Man. It is all propaganda but I told Old Man that the motorbike was not for private business. I know there are some people who have teamed up to destroy me,” he retorted.
He added that because the matter was not true, Old Man had begged him (Djoleto) in the presence of Ackah Cobbinah, the Nzema East Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in Axim last week. The NDC Deputy Constituency Secretary for Evalue-Gwira constituency, Mohammed Arthur said he was not aware of any bad blood between Djoleto and Old Man, but “knew that there were a group of NDC members who were doing everything to thwart the efforts of Djoleto, the new constituency chairman.”
The paper has gathered that the NDC in Evalue-Gwira constituency is totally divided between two factions, who are led by the current chairman of the party, Umar Djoleto and the immediate past chairman, Anas Asmah.
Asmah’s group indicated that the Djoleto faction kicked seriously against the current MCE, Mr. Cobbinah when he was nominated by President John Evans Atta Mills. However, the group went all out to ensure that the president’s nominee was rejected by the assembly members and even planned a demonstration because their preferred candidate, Peter Arde-Kodwo was not nominated by the President.
The Asmah faction was aggrieved by the fact that Djoleto who had been appointed as the Municipal Coordinator for the National Youth Employment Programme in Axim did not step down as the constituency chairman of the party for other unemployed party members despite several appeals for him to do so.
“The MCE is so kind, God-fearing and forgiving that even those who kicked against his nomination are those he is trying to get jobs for. He is a true party man and loves all party members in the constituency and is doing everything possible to bring the two factions together,” 10 NDC stalwarts in the constituency told DAILY GUIDE in a randomly interview.