General News of Thursday, 13 December 2012
Aggrieved supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have taken their protest over the alleged election fraud to its second day, calling on likeminded persons to join them in a fasting and prayer session on Friday.
The leadership of the party, although felt cheated by the outcome of the Friday’s election results, told them to be restrained, go home and trust in the ability of the courts to deliver justice.
But keeping to their vow to pitch camp like the Egyptians did at Tahir Square for a prolonged protest against the election results, hundreds of supporters massed up at the Holy Gardens (Obra Spot) near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra today.
The area has however been saturated with military and police personnel fully armed to ensure law and order.
Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey who disguised himself to join the protesters told Top Story Wednesday the charged supporters were asked to go home when it was getting dusk.
Though he never saw any notable faces on the event grounds today, he said a few who spoke to them asked the supporters to return tomorrow 8:00am, but with enough food and water because they would occupy the place till the following day.
“On Friday they are going to embark on fasting and prayers to call on God to intervene in what they have embarked on,” Elton Brobbey reported one of the speakers as saying.
The irate supporters were violent yesterday when they began their protest: venting their anger on journalists and governing NDC supporters, but Joy News’ Fiifi Koomson who went undercover Wednesday to observe activities at the Holy Garden said he sighted about 20 police Pickup vehicles.
He said the heavily armed police personnel fenced around the aggrieved supporters to forestall any spillover and unforeseen eventualities.
The group chanted war songs amidst intermittent speeches from their leaders; most of them looked very angry, he observed.
Some protesters, in an incognito interview with Fiifi Koomson, said they were prepared to stay there until Nana Akufo-Addo is declared president of Ghana.