berserk if the one week ultimatum issued for the removal of the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Alhaji Abdulai Haruna Friday, is not met.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will vandalize and destroy all NDC properties in the region if our concerns are not met before the weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ultimatumÃ¢â‚¬Â, the youth threatened. Ã‚Â
The ruling partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youth hit the streets of the city yesterday, demanding the immediate removal of the MCE for what they described as gross incompetence and negligence.
A petition signed by Mohammed Kailand and read by Shaibu Abdul Rahman, spokesperson for the aggrieved youth, noted that the mayor, who upon assumption of office failed to create jobs for the youth of the party in the city, has disregarded their views and given jobs meant for them to their colleagues in the NPP.
They accused the MCE of winning and dinning members of the opposition NPP, saying he has sidelined members of his own party for a very long time.
Alhaji Friday, the Gbewaa youth noted, also reneged his promise of creating numerous job avenues for the youth of Tamale to ensure the success of the better Ghana agenda which become the signature tune of the President himself.
They described him as an indiscreet politician who thinks he can make a fool of them after they worked tirelessly to get the party back to power in the last general elections.
They thus gave the Mills government one week to respond appropriately to their concerns or incur their wrath.
The all clad in red, fresh leaves wielding demonstrators promised to become violent and lawless if the government fails to respond accordingly. Ã‚Â
Shaibu Abdul Rahman disclosed that a series of riots will be recorded if the mayor is not booted out of office and replaced with a more efficient person who supports the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youth.
The mayor, he noted, was only interested in cataloguing his unrealistic visions rather than delving into important issues which are the major needs of the assembly.
They appealed to him to stop his busy for nothing attitude.
The demonstrators, in dozens initially, made their way through the principal streets of the metropolis amidst drumming and dancing before converging at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC), where they presented the petition to the government through the minister.
Receiving the petition, the Chief Director of the NRCC, J.M. Dasaana, commended the aggrieved youth for the peaceful manner in which they went about their demonstration.
He promised to forward their concerns to the minister, who would in turn send it to the government for redress. He then appealed to them to extend their ultimatum in view of the fact that the designate was yet to be vetted and approved.
When contacted, the mayor told DAILY GUIDE that it was the right of the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youth to demonstrate, indicating that he would personally look at their concerns to see if they are genuine and require some action.
He said their will to hit the streets was their democratic right, and he was particularly glad that their demonstration was incident free. Ã‚Â
The Northern Regional Youth Organizer of the NDC, Mohammed Amin Adam, noted that though the group could have genuine concerns, their mode of seeking redress is wrong. Ã‚Â
He warned that the threat by the youth to go on a vandalizing spree in the event that their concerns are not met is uncalled for, asking the security agencies to deal ruthlessly anyone who tries to undermine the law.
In a counter reaction by the Tamale Metropolitan Committee, which comprises executives of the three constituencies of the metropolis, they bemoaned the conduct of the youth and expressed their surprise at the way they are going about the matter.
In their view, the youth are being used by some persons to pursue a personal agenda against the fortunes of the party, hinting that the disciplinary committee of the party will act appropriately to uncover those behind the root-cutting of the party. Ã‚Â
They gave the assurance that a meeting will be held to address the impasse between the mayor and the youth but warned that personal scores will not be accepted in the yet to be scheduled meeting.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale