The woman who seems ‘untouchable’ in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says she has no regret for her attack on a journalist at her party’s headquarters last Friday.
Hajia Fati who has been nicknamed the ‘Iron lady’ in the NPP told NEAT FM’s morning show host, Mc-Jerry Osei Agyemang that, her action is justifiable but out of respect for the media fraternity “I am sorry”.
Hajia Fati reportedly punched a journalist from Accra based Adom FM, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Ahwenepa at the NPP headquarters on Friday, but said she only took that action because the reporter had not sought her permission before taking pictures of her, neither did she introduce herself as a journalist.
The victim had been assigned to the NPP headquarters last Friday to report on events as suspended Second Vice Chairman of the party; Sammy Crabbe had gone to the office to pick forms to contest the party’s chairmanship position at the upcoming National Delegates Conference.
The incident occurred on Friday, 4 April 2018, as Mr Sammy Crabbe, who was suspended in the lead-up to the 2016 general elections, along with then-NPP National Chairman Paul Afoko and then-General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong, entered the headquarters to pay for his nomination forms with a banker’s draft.
However, a frenzied Madam Fati descended downstairs and threatened never to allow the party to sell the forms to Mr Crabbe or to allow the suspended party official back into the office.
The incident was recorded just a day after the celebration of World Press Freedom Day here in Ghana.
The NPP has condemned the attack after some section of the media threatened to blacklist the party and boycott its upcoming National Conference, should the governing NPP fail to condemn the attack.
The party in a statement signed by the Acting General Secreatry, John Boadu said: “The NPP has noted with concern an alleged attack on a journalist by one of its supporters, Hajia Fati. We distance ourselves from the act and condemn it unreservedly.
However, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa’s employers, Multimedia Group have threatened legal actions against the staunch NPP member.
But, controversial Hajia Fati has stated emphatically that – she is not perturbed by any legal action against her from the Multimedia Group where the battered journalist works.
“I am sorry for the attack. Journalists are my children. I am not pleading because I am afraid of any legal action. I am ever ready with my sponge and towel to meet her and multimedia in court. They should jail me if they can”, she said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show dubbed ‘Ghana Montie’.