NDC Chair Fights Veep
2009-04-27 20:40:14This article has been read 1342 times.
The Vice President, John Dramani Mahama on Friday, April 24, prevented the Northern Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Sumani Zakari from joining his convoy to ostensibly reduce the number of vehicles in the convoy, to avoid public criticisms and attacks.
The NDC, in its 2008 manifesto, criticized the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor over what it described as abusive use of state vehicles and long convoys, and promised to reduce the number, when voted into power.
Against this backdrop, the Vice President, John Mahama who was in Tamale to launch the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) failed to allow the NDC Regional Chairman and other party officials who had converged at the Tamale Airport to welcome him into the Tamale Metropolis, to join his convoy when he allegedly instructed his bodyguards to limit the number.
The security, however, ordered all other party vehicles including that of Alhaji Sumani to either take the lead to Tamale or wait till the Veep's convoy had left for sometime, to avoid public criticisms.
This decision which was implemented by the bodyguards with some maximum force infuriated the NDC Regional Chairman who eventually failed to follow the Vice President's convoy throughout his two day stay in Tamale. John Mahama came with nine vehicles including three official ones, four security vehicles made up of police and the military, and the other two for the Regional Minister and the Tamale Metro Chief Executive.
The Chronicle leant after the incident that some youth, belonging to the party, who suspected one Alhaji Ibrahim Iddrisu Adam, a close ally of the Vice President to be behind the embarrassment caused the regional chairman, went to his house and attacked him. The group also attacked an NDC pavilion near SG-SSB Bank on the hospital road, believed to be occupied by supporters and sympathizers of John Mahama. The case has since been reported to the Police, who are now manning Alhaji Adam's residence.
Attempts by The Chronicle to talk to the Vice President's Spokesperson, Mr. Mawuko Zomelo, proved unsuccessful as he failed to reply our text message or pick our calls, apparently because of his busy schedule.
When contacted, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Stephen Sumani Nayina confirmed that the NDC Regional Chairman, Alhaji Sumani Zakari was indeed prevented from joining the Veep's convoy. He however explained that it was not the Vice President who directly stopped the Chairman but his security officials.
Mr. Nayina also denied that it was Alhaji Ibrahim Adam who connived with the Vice President to prevent Alhaji Sumani Zakari. Saying, "Alhaji Adam has no idea about what happened to the Chairman.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Moses Mabengba, who invited this reporter to the Regional Coordinating Council to obviously set the record straight, also confirmed the report.
The Deputy Minister, who was flanked by a close associate of Alhaji Sumani, Mr. Mahama Shayibu and some party officials including Alhaji Imoro Yussif, Regional Deputy Secretary, Tanko Computer, Regional Organiser, Abdul Salam, Tamale North Chairman and some Security officials disclosed that the Chairman had since the attack condemned the youth.