Ghana opposition NPP chairman apologises to journalists
Journalists from Metropolitan Television (Metro TV) were attacked at NPP headquarters in Accra on Sunday when the crew went there on invitation of the party bigwig to cover their press conference on alleged manipulation of presidential figures in favour of President John Dramani Mahama of NDC.
The media house’s vehicle was smashed but timely intervention by the police saved the situation.
Multi-Media and Joy News journalists, Benjamin Tetteh and Emmanuel Ante, were giving hot chase when they followed African Union chairman and President of Benin, Thomas Yayi Boni, to the residence of defeated NPP candidate Nana Akufo Addo.
Boni visited Akuffo-Addo to persuade him to concede defeat to halt the emerging political tension in the West African country.
The angry party supporters trailed the journalists to Obra Spot at Nkrumah Circle where they staged Tahir Square-like demonstration and assaulted them.
The bitter party followers further vent their spleen on Edward Balami and Stephen Boadi of TV3 Network.
They were almost lynched but for the swift intervention of the heavily armed police and soldiers at Obra Spot on Tuesday.
Others received death threats making the work of journalists very difficult.
However, the NPP chairman says the party has no intention of disrupting the activities of the media in the country.
Lamptey insisted the nature of electoral results announced by Electoral Commission has resulted in such tension in the country.
He promised to personally visit the affected media houses to apologise to them.
Meanwhile, thousands of angry NPP supporters have besieged the NPP headquarters in protest over inability of top brass of the party to seek redress at the Supreme Court following Tuesday’s demonstration in Accra during which they promise to do so.