NPP to investigate Otiko, Bugri Naabu fracas

Mr NaabuThe governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will investigate the circumstances under which a meeting called by the Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Otiko Afisa Djaba, was disrupted by the party’s Northern Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu.

According to Acting General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, when Ms. Djaba formally notifies the party hierarchy, about the alleged misconduct of the Regional Chairman the party hierarchy will take up the matter.
“We will also get to the regional chairman for his side of the story.”

A meeting called by Ms. Djaba in Tamale was disrupted by Mr. Naabu who accused the minister of trying to instigate confusion over the appointment of a coordinator of school feeding programme.

The minister in an interview after the meeting with women organisers in the region allegedly accused Mr. Naabu of collecting money, goats, cows and other things from people with the assurance of jobs with the national school feeding programme.
“It is not the mandate of the Regional Chairman to decide who is a caterer to the school feeding programme,” she stated.

But the acting General Secretary of the NPP, insisted the allegations by Ms.Otiko, who is also the National Women’s Organiser of the party, have no connection with jobs in the school feeding programme.

He said: “I do not think the accusation is about school feeding programme. It was in reference to the appointment of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs).”

According to him, even that was not a sustainable charge because the regional minister had no power in determining who got appointed as DCE.

John Boadu maintained: “Even with that appointment of MMDCEs,the president made it clear that he was going to consult [stakeholders] before selecting the appointees.”

He regretted the bad blood between Mr. Naabu and Ms. Otiko, who are both officers of the party. “We need not get there, what are we fighting for?”
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