The Eastern Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Yussif Amudani Sulemana, has advised political party leaders to refrain from using tribal card to canvass for votes in their 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections campaign.
According to him, the use of tribal card would not serve any useful purpose for the country’s democratic growth and development rather result in divisive tendencies.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Times in Koforidua, Alhaji Sulemana said campaigning for the 2016 general elections should be issue-based, adding that political party leaders should tell the electorates what they will do to address problems of poverty, unemployment and improve the living standard of the citizenry among others.
He urged the electorates to look out for parties whose messages would focus on such relevant issues and that voting on tribal card will result in square pegs in round holes due to ethnic affiliation.
Alhaji Sulemana pointed out that the country needed competent and qualified people who could transform and develop the nation and that the issue of ethnic politics should be discarded to ensure maximum use of national resources.
He explained that due to huge expenditure incurred by political parties before, during and after elections they would use the tribal card to canvass for votes and cautioned politicians to ensure decent campaigning to avoiding plunging the nation into a chaotic situation.
Alhaji Sulemana reminded politicians that since elections are about winning or losing, they should prepare their minds, educate their supporters for such eventuality, play by the rules and use due process in dealing with situations they may not be happy with.
He appealed to all Muslim youths in the country not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause violence before, during and after the November 7 general elections.
“The whole world is looking at us since we’re the beacon of hope in Africa so we must ensure that we do not destroy what we have built in 59 years,” he said.
From Samuel Opare Lartey, New Zongo, Koforidua