The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDC, Yaw Obimpeh, escaped death by a whisker on Saturday evening when a gun pointed at him failed to fire after a trigger happy bodyguard of Vice President John Mahama had pulled the trigger.
Luck smiled on Mr. Obimpeh who was in the company of about 29 heavily-built men, belonging to the NDC taskforce, whose main activity is to monitor the registration exercise in the region for the party.
The scary incident, which left onlookers spellbound occurred at the main entrance of the official residence of the Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, at 7:40pm.
When the said soldier pointed the gun at Mr. Obimpeh, he reportedly yelled that if the man wanted to shoot him dead then he should pull the trigger.
Before he could finish his statement, the said bodyguard of the vice president indeed pulled the trigger but surprisingly the gun failed to shoot.
Vice President John Mahama had visited the region on an official tour to inspect ongoing government projects and he was lodging at the presidential lounge at the RCC.
The NDC macho men who have been fingered in the disruption of the biometric registration in the region had waited all day, wanting to meet the vice president and officially lodge a complaint to him against Samuel Sarpong, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Chief Executive and the Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, who they accused of sabotaging the NDC.
Mr. Obimpeh, who knows the vital works the macho men do in the name of NDC taskforce, upon appearing at the scene, decided to intervene so that the Vice President could grant them audience, a security man at the RCC disclosed on anonymity.
After exhausting all avenues, the NDC chairman told the macho men that it was not possible for them to meet Mr. Mahama so they should move their motors and head home in peace.
A member of the NDC taskforce told Daily Guide on anonymity that immediately they started the engines of their motorbikes; the veep?s security man appeared at the scene, yelling at them to stop making noise with their motorbikes.
According to him, the soldier who was holding a gun then walked closer to them still yelling at them so they responded that he could not treat them like rubbish after their services to the party.
That statement obviously infuriated the vice president?s bodyguard who then pulled his gun, pointing it at Mr. Obimpeh who was then standing in front of them, threatening to shoot if they refused to leave the place.
According to the source, they yelled at the bodyguard that if he dared shoot at Mr. Obimpeh, he should be prepared to shoot all of them, numbering about 29 as well.
H said the bodyguard ignored their threat and indeed pulled the trigger with the gun aimed at Mr. Obimpeh.
The incident created some confusion at the place but peace was restored and the taskeforce members were later on allowed to enter the RCC and meet with the vice president.
The said security operative reporteldly showed no signs of remorse after he was told that the person he tried to shoot was the party?s regional chairman.
During the meeting with the vice president, the NDC taskforce reportedly told Mr. Mahama that they could not work with the regional minister and the KMA boss so they should be kicked out of the office.
They lamented that the two gentlemen had not contributed anything to the party ever since the registration exercise began, adding that they were sabotaging the NDC in the region.
The macho men complained that both Mr. Sarpong and Agyeman Mensah were nowhere to be found when two of the party?s agents were arrested at Kronom in Kumasi recently.