The 2016 flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has been accused of habouring deep-seated hatred for Northerners within the party.
Nana Addo’s hatred for Northerners is deep – Group
According to them, the recent treatment meted out to the party’s National Chairman who hails from the Upper East Region gives credence to their claims.
A statement from a group called Friends of Bawumia expressed reservations about the way the party has been treating its members from the three regions of the north over the years.
This comes on the back of a decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP to uphold a decision by the Disciplinary Committee to indefinitely suspend Paul Afoko based on a petition of misconduct filed against him by the party’s council of elders.
Mr. Afoko in a statement however declared the decision null and void, insisting that the constitution of the NEC which took the decision was illegal.
The Friends of Bawumia claimed that ever since Chairman Afoko assumed office, Nana Addo has “made it the habit to use our brothers from the north to destabilize him. Bugri Naabu- Northern Regional Chairman, Alhaji Short- Upper West Regional Chairman, Late Adams Mahama -Upper East Regional Chairman and Kamal Deen Abdulai- Nasara Coordinator were used to frustrate and topple Chairman Afoko's regime.”
Read their full statement below
NANA AKUFO-ADDO'S HATRED FOR NORTHENERS IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIS HEART- FRIENDS OF BAWUMIAIt is with a heavy heart that we ink down our heart breaking consent about the way and manner NPP under Akufo Addo has treated we northerners within the NPP. The most recent one which happened on 22/10/2015 against Chairman Paul Afoko a northener depicted the crescendo at which his hatred for northerners has gotten to.Twelve (12) out of fifty (50) NEC members were in the meeting yesterday. Ursula Owusu is not part and has never been part of NEC membership, yet she sat in that meeting. KT Hammond, a ranking member of Parliament’s energy committee who has no voting right, is the other Member of Parliament who was present in that meeting of "Friends of Freddy Blay".
How can a party that was birth out of democracy suddenly defile their own constitution like that? We are tempted to believe the constitution is and has been bogus under Akufo -Addo and he will make Ghana constitution bogus when given the mantle to lead Ghana.
Late Alhaji Aliu Mahama crisscrossed most of the parts of Ghana in 2012 in canvassing votes for Nana Akufo Addo. Late Alhaji Aliu Mahama was with Paul Afoko throughout the campaign in the three northern regions.
Both he and Afoko stormed "NO GO AREAS" in tamale which made the name "Afoko" becoming a household name in the three northern regions. Shortly before the December elections, Alhaji Aliu mahama got indisposed, unfortunately and was hospitalised. Nana Akufo Addo never took a single moment or time off to go and visit Late Alhaji Aliu on his sick bed. This left us to really know how inconsiderate Akufo-Addo is. Nana Akufo-Addo's tribal and hate campaign against Alhaji Aliu Mahama in the days of 2007 is very much refreshing in our minds.The grand scheme of using colleague northeners to fight Chairman Paul Afoko is very wicked and treacherous of Nana Akufo Addo. Ever since Chairman Paul Afoko assumed office, Akufo-Addo made it the habit to use our brothers from the north to destabilise him. Bugri Naabu- Northern Regional Chairman, Alhaji Short- Upper West regional Chairman, Late Adams Mahama - Upper East Regional Chairman and Kamal Deen Abdulai- Nasara coordinator were used to frustrate and topple Chairman Afoko's regime. As that failed, Akufo-Addo and his henchmen went further to brew another preposterous battle as if the first plan wasn't cool with them.Ever since National chairman Paul Afoko picked up forms to contest the chairmanship elections, Akufo-Addo and his henchmen vowed never to let him see the light of the day. In sha Allah he went ahead to win the elections fairly even after the shenanigan of Akufo-Addo in Tamale.Isn't it surprising that anytime Akufo-Addo travels, there is war within this party??He traveled and the next 5days chairman Adams was murdered in cold blood. Akufo-Addo travelled and in the next few days, his henchmen organised and hired some 2 non-independent 'brains' who they claim as northeners to petition against our National Chairman Paul Afoko using the illegal means???We are convinced Akufo-Addo does not need the presidency because he makes over 50million dollars even in opposition. How many companies make even $10million dollars in two years?
Since 2007 we have had a single flagbearer and changed executives three times. In some instances, Akufo-Addo had his Men who he sleeps together with on the same bed as executives but yet he managed to get a little over 47%. Isn't it amazing that since 2007, Akufo-Addo has managed to divide this party at an increasing rate??Isn’t it amazing that Akufo-Addo trust a 'walking drunkard' Freddy Blay who set Afenyo Markin up in this ongoing ADB tussle than Chairman Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong?
Isn't it amazing that anytime Akufo-Addo loses an election, he looks out for scape goats to blame for his dereliction? Fellow NPP members must know that He Akufo-Addo is not more human than anybody. He is only preparing the grounds to blame certain people for his failure just as he is reported in the news of last week as he 'admitting sensing defeat in 2016'. Isn't it amazing that Akufo-Addo cares less about the harrowing fact that he is taking us into a whopping twelve (12) years opposition? Akufo-Addo and Bawumia are the luckiest pair to have enjoyed these unaligned support in this party as flagbearer and running mate for three consecutive times.
And why can’t Dr bawumia who happens to be a son of our land chose to remain quite over the reckless decisions and machinations Akufo-Addo has taken since 2007 till date? Can't he for once put sense into the head of Akufo-Addo? Akufo-Addo hiding behind the cloak of Dr Bawumia's serial appointment to claim he loves northeners is a charade. His hatred for we northeners is legendary and we are going to fight Akufo-Addo till the END.How can Akufo-Addo who acclaims to be a lawyer superintend over this broad day light illegality.
We shall battle it out with Akufo-Addo over this travesty of justice till the end in the law courts. We urge Chairman Paul Afoko to remain steadfast in his battle for what duly belongs to him.For the 'walking drunkard' Freddy Blay who always appear drunk in 'Appio', time will surely tell.
SignedTamale central Nasara coordinator
Tamale central Organiser
Tamale North constituency Secretary
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