Scores of New Patriotic Party sympathizers and members in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday morning engaged in scuffles over “T” shirts of Chairman Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, incumbent Chairman for Afigya Kwabre South constituency and regional chairman hopeful.
These young men and women besieged the conference venue at Ejisu as early as 5am in anticipation of the arrival of party Executives for the conference which is scheduled to begin at 9am.
Despite the fifty cedis(Ghc50) cost of each T-Shirt, the impatient youth numbering over a hundred won’t give the seller breathing space as some purchased 3 and 5 at a go.
Others were also seen taking off their clothes and jostling party officials for Odeneho inscribed souvenirs.
Those who were unable to secure the shirts but managed to get Odeneho branded caps placed them on top of vehicles, chanting change songs.
Few others were seen engaging in hot verbal exchanges as they failed to secure a “T” shirt.
It is unclear how those t-shirts got to the venue. However, sources say it’s a usual strategy used by business people to make profit from contesting parties.
A source, Sampson Kwabena Agyeman who spoke with the media explained that people make good money from popular contestants and this could be one.
‘’You see these business people do their own survey based on popularity and the people’s choice. …And so it’s possible Odeneho Kwaku Appiah is more popular than his contenders – Maybe!’’ he added, shredding his shoulders.
Later in the day, Mr Kwaku Appiah was met with a mammoth crowd at the event similar to a triumphant entry, bringing the conference to a standstill.
The crowd sang change songs, while others were seen begging delegates to change the leadership of the party in the region.