More chaos over MDCs nomination

Hajia Alima Mahama — Minister of Local Government

Hajia Alima Mahama — Minister of Local Government

There have been more reports of chaotic scenes across the country since the latest announcement of 212 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday.

Apart from violent incidents reported at Zebilla and Savelugu-Nanton, there have been demonstrations at the Tolon District in the Northern, Builsa North constituency in the Upper East and Mpohor District in the Western regions.
In Tolon some chiefs and some youths in the district, have protested against the nomination of the President’s DCE nominee, Hajia Amama Shaibu.

The chiefs contended that they were not consulted before the nomination of Hajia Shaibu, who is also the party’s Northern Regional Women’s Organiser.
They claimed that although Hajia Shaibu hails from Tolon, she has not been active in the party’s activities in the district.
On the eve of the announcement some irate youths belonging to the NPP besieged the Tolon Regent’s palace to protest against her nomination.

In Builsa North, some NPP youths who were against the President’s nominee, David Afoko, vandalised the local party office.
It took the prompt intervention of the police to calm the ramping tension.

The constituency youth organiser, Achawie Johnson claimed that the DCE nominee was not a loyal and a committed member of the party.
He alleged the nominee has not contributed to the party’s victory in the 2016 general election.

He therefore appealed to President Akufo-Addo to revoke the appointment and rather choose a loyal person, who is also committed to the party.

He further claimed that the nominee was not among aspirants shortlisted by the constituency vetting committee and forwarded to the NPP regional executives.

The youth later petitioned the President through the Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari.

In the Mpohor District of the Western Region, some chiefs and youths in the area have raised red flags against the nomination of Ignatius Assah Mensah as the Chief Executive.
They have therefore urged the President to rather nominate a former constituency chairman, George Bernard Eshun as a replacement.
The disenchanted party supporters led by the Mpohor NPP Youth Organiser, Mathew Ekow Assan, a representative of the Mpohor Omanhene, Nana Kofi Ampim and Mbrentsehen of the town, Abusuapanyin Kweku Amoako  appealed to the President to rescind his decision.

According to the party supporters, Mr.  Eshun is the best person to occupy the seat.

They claimed all appointments made by the President in the district so far have gone to the Fiase section of the district and it is only fair that the only remaining position (DCE) is given to someone from Mpohor.
Some NPP youths in the Obuasi West constituency in the Ashanti Region have threatened to demonstrate against the nominee, Elijah Adansi Bona for the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) post.
According to the youth, the nominee is not a native of the area but rather a brother in-law to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng Agyeman.

The youth claimed the MP has influenced the processes to favour his brother in-law and therefore want President Akufo-Addo to have a second look into the nominee’s appointment.

Tension is also said to be brewing from Ahafo Ano South Constituency capital Mankranso over the appointment of the constituency chairman Joseph Agyemang Dapaah as DCE. Some constituency executives in the party are unhappy about the appointments and have threatened to protest against decisions.

They are also pointing fingers at the Ashanti Region chairman, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, their MP and national executives of the party of imposing the nominee on them despite petitions accusing the chairman of selling the party’s properties in the constituency.

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