Ziedeng Urges Supporters To Respect Decision

Bede A ZiedengMr. Bede Ziedeng, outgoing Upper  West Regional Minister, has appealed to the Regional executives and supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), to respect the decision and authority of the President.

“We may not agree with the President, but we must accord him that respect,” he said, adding that “party activists must therefore refrain from interfering in the President’s decision”.

Mr. Ziedeng was reacting to recent violent protests by some party members in the region over his removal as regional minister. During the protests by the irate NDC youths, parts of the Regional office of the NDC in Wa was destroyed.

The outgoing regional minister, who was at the office to ascertain the extent of damage caused to the property, expressed disappointment at the action of the youth, saying, “I and my deputy will not side with the perpetrators or endorse any act that will dent the image of the President and the party region.’

He advised activists of the party to exercise restraint and abide by the rules and regulations of the party, in their quest for redress to their grievances.

Mr Ziedeng reminded the supporters that it was important for the President to carry out his constitutional duties, and urged the party members and supporters to act democratically in expressing their disagreement in a decent manner.

Some irate youths of NDC on Thursday morning defaced President John Mahama’s portraits and writings on the walls of the offices of the NDC regional and municipal offices with red paint,  while some office equipment were destroyed in a protest against the replacement of Mr. Bede Ziedeng with Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, as the regional minister during the recent ministerial reshuffle.

The front view of the offices had been defaced with inscriptions such as “JM why”, “Why Amidu Again”, and “No Bede, No JM.

The Ghana News Agency can confirm that no office equipment and other properties belonging to the NDC had been destroyed. — GNA

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