NPP Loyal Ladies will, next week, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, march through the principal streets of Suhum to commemorate and denounce brutalities NDC thugs visited on them in 2016, when they went about canvass votes for then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP.
The ladies will also use the event to encourage females who already are or plan on joining partisan politics not to be intimidated or cowered by what some unscrupulous male counterparts and opposition members might do to them in terms of abuses.
“Many underprivileged people who currently have the opportunity to enjoy free SHS might not have had this opportunity if we the loyal ladies hadn’t persevered and continued campaigning for the NPP and Nana Addo despite the numerous attacks and verbal assaults meted out on us during 2016”, Yaa Pinamang, one of the group’s organisers, said.
It would be recalled that some irate youth suspected to be members of the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday night (October 11, 2016) assaulted the Loyal Ladies of NPP during a house-to-house campaign at Suhum.
The ladies sought refuge at the Suhum chief’s palace but the thugs chased them up there and assaulted them and some chiefs who were in a meeting.
Several of the ladies were reported to have sustained various degrees of injuries.
In October last year, the ladies who were manhandled, were recognized and rewarded for their heroic contributions which saw incumbent John Mahama suffer a humiliating defeat.
To recognize their contributions, the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo donated an undisclosed amount of money to the group in a move which has widely been hailed.
The MP for the area, Frederick Opare Ansah, also donated hair dryers to the ladies; with others donating sewing machines.
“This is a huge departure from the posturing of the party. This gives us an assurance that the party is now willing and ready to reward hard work and loyalty. We thank the First Lady and all those who contributed towards this gesture”, an elated Ivy Ackah, a member of the group, told the media.
“I’m in tears of joy today because I remember vividly how the well built men assaulted us when our only offence was campaigning for the election of Nana Akufo-Addo into office. Indeed, the victory didn’t come on a silver platter” she added.
A lot of the ladies present recounted chilling moments when they looked helpless in the hands of the rampaging NDC hoodlums.
Some female big wigs in the party such as Minister for Special initiatives Hawa Koomson, Gender Minister Cynthia Morrison and Communication Minister Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful are expected to take part in the march aimed at halting political violence scheduled for Wednesday the14th of October.