Monsoon Wind Blows Over NDC
2006-08-14 22:17:44This article has been read 889 times.THE National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 lost one of its strongholds in the Northern Region, Shiizugu, near Kakpayili in the Tamale South Constituency to their political opponents, New Patriotic Party (NPP) in what is becoming a slow haemorrghaging of the lifeblood of the opposition NDC.
The entire Shiizugu community, including the Chief of the area, Botin-Naa Yahaya Zakaria and his elders as well as the entire ward executives of NDC did not only cross the "green, white and black" carpet to the "red, white and blue" but also indicted the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) of the area, Haruna Iddrisu, for incompetence as they began their settlement in Canaan.
The community members, who claimed that they have never voted for any other political party apart from the NDC, were ushered into the NPP by the Northern Regional Executives of the party at a durbar held in Banvim near Kakpayili.
They slammed the previous government for its failure to develop the Shiizugu community and noted that they were in the wilderness and in total darkness until recently, when they woke up from their deep slumber to see that the NPP government they had always voted against, was rather building blocks towards their own welfare and future.
The NDC Ward Chairman of the area, Alhassan Mahama and his Secretary, Shaibu Abdulai in separate speeches disclosed that the NDC had made them believe that it was the only party that held the key to their problems. They lamented that the NDC promised them so many things but none of them was fulfilled: "They told a lot of lies about NPP especially after the Dagbon incident, which compelled most of our people to brainwash our younger ones against NPP.
But now most of us have seen that our destiny and the development of this area cannot be determined by any politician so we have resorted to party with the ruling NPP government which has been able to at least, construct our road, build schools and provide us with five KVIPs," the new converts to the NPP said.
Expressing joy over this major political capital, the Northern Regional Secretary of the NPP, Clifford Braimah, observed that the NDC would taste a shocking defeat in the forthcoming general elections in 2008 since it had no clear message to sell to the electorates.
"Their youthful outspoken MP has done nothing but talk, talk, and talk since he entered parliament with no direct contribution to their welfare, he said.
According to the Regional Secretary, the massive victory of the NDC in the region in 2004 was not because the party was more popular than the NPP, but because it took advantage of the Dagbon crisis to defame the ruling party.
"Now that there is absolute peace in Dagbon, I don't think the NDC can even campaign in Dagbon. They have nothing more to use against this government. It is also obvious that our government has performed beyond expectations taking into consideration; the ongoing sports stadium, the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme, the capitation grant, the rehabilitation works on the Tamale Teaching Hospital and the Tamale Water Expansion Project as well as the new market stores at Aboabo, the town roads, HIPC schools and the drainage systems in Tamale among other equally important projects in Tamale Metro and other parts of the region," he noted.
The Regional Chairman of NPP, Yakubu Adoo and the Regional Women's Organizer in separate speeches, entreated the defectors to offer their full support to the NPP and tasked them to pull more crowd for the party to enable them win all the three seats in the Tamale Metropolis.
According to the Chairman, the NPP government would never disappoint the chiefs and people of the area and promised them of government's continued support. He however, described the defection as a great surprise to the executives of the party and assured them of reporting to the President, the position they had taken.
When contacted by The Chronicle, the MP for the area, Haruna Iddrisu who is usually a gregarious talker, momentarily lost his speech, but regained it only to say that he did not know of the community and claimed that the people were not NDC members.
Also in a telephone interview with this paper, the Assistant Regional Secretary of the NDC, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro Yussif (Omar) also denied the community's affiliation to the NDC. He said, "the people are not our members, it is just a plan by NPP to score political points".
Describing the defection and its subsequent inauguration ceremony, which this reporter also witnessed, as a "419 political scam to raise the hope of NPP in Tamale South", Alhaji Imoro Yussif emphasized that the defection could not affect the chances of the NDC in the forthcoming elections.
The Secretary also described the Shiizugu/Banvim community as a newly established area. However, The Chronicle's subsequent interaction with some community members indicated that the area participated in the 2000 and 2004 elections.