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Commotion in Northern NDC

2009-05-12 22:16:35
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ward Chairmen for Pong-Tamale, Diare and Moglaa, together with their supporters, are threatening to leave the party if the presidency fails to look into circumstances that led to the total rejection of Alhaji Abdulai Alhassan Red, the President's nominee for District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Savelugu-Nanton District of the Northern Region.

The aggrieved people are dangerously demanding the head of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Savelugu constituency, Hajia Salifu Mary Boforo, and five (5) others, for allegedly asking the assembly members to vote against the President's nominee.

As a result, two separate demonstrations have been staged in Savelugu and Diare by the three NDC Chairmen and thousands of their supporters, who destroyed all posters and billboards belonging to the MP, to exhibit their disappointment.

The President's nominee, Abdulai Alhassan Red, during the first round of the confirmation, polled 32 votes out of the total of 52, representing 62.7%, and surprisingly received 28 votes representing 56%, in the second round.

The NDC supporters told The Chronicle that Mr. Alhassan Red was the true choice of the people, and was tipped to rather record 100%.

In a four page petition thumbprinted by Adam Abukari, Shaibu Alhassan and Napari Danaa, NDC Ward Chairmen for Diare, Pong-Tamale and Moglaa respectively, issued to the Office of the President, and copied to the Northern Regional Minister, the aggrieved NDC group disclosed that a meeting was held on October 13, 2007, between the MP Hajia Boforo and some regional executives, as well as Savelugu and the three other wards. According to them, at the meeting the three wards were entreated to compromise their stance and pledge their full support to the MP to go for her fourth time, in order for a DCE to be picked from the three wards, in the event of the party's victory. This did not happen when it came to confirmation of the DCE.

It is alleged that all the 16 government appointees voted against the nominee, but the New Patriotic Party (NPP) assembly members rather supported him.

"There were alleged death threats from the MP and her associates, on the lives of the assembly members who would dare vote in favour of the president's nominee, when she camped them at Ghana Hotel in Tamale," the petitioners alleged.

Some women, led by one Hajia Azara Tahiru, Diare Women's Organiser, broke into uncontrollable tears during an interview with The Chronicle. They promised to go on hunger strike for a month, if the President refused to maintain Abdulai Alhassan Red, who they said, could be the channel through which they could attract the requisite development.

According to them, they had followed and worked so hard for the NDC, and thus deserved that honour from the President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.

It was alleged that all DCEs, constituency chairmen and MPs had always come from Savelugu since time immemorial, and this was the first time a DCE was to come from any of the three wards, Diare, Pong-Tamale and Moglaa.

"If the issue is not properly addressed, then the party should count the three wards and Nanton Constituency (who also support our quest), out of its adherence."

In an interview with The Chronicle, the President's nominee, Abdulai Alhassan Red, who commended President Mills for the honour, expressed disappointment with the outcome of the confirmation.

He however refused to blame the MP for his misfortune, and thanked the chiefs, opinion leaders, ward chairmen, and other party supporters, for the love and solidarity shown him.

When The Chronicle contacted the MP for Savelugu, Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo, she denied ever camping and influencing the assembly members to vote against the president's nominee.

According to her, she had not visited Tamale, and for that matter her constituency, for the past three months, after she had been warned by some of her constituency executives of her possible murder, for allegedly conniving with the northern regional executives and the Presidency to appoint Mr. Alhassan Red.

"All these allegations are nothing but untrue, and are just meant to cause disintegration in the NDC," she said.

The MP expressed grave worry over the decision, by the three ward chairmen and their supporters, to leave the party.

She therefore pledged to make a quick move to reconcile the feuding groups in the interest of the party's unity.


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