Politics of Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Source: Fiila Fm
By: Saaka Alhassan, Tamale
The Northern regional Chairman of the Opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu has questioned the rationale behind the refusal of the Northern Regional Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sofo Azorka to attend the NDC’s campaign launch in Cape Coast on Sunday.
He has also question why Mr. Martin Amidu and Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawling failed to attend the campaign laugh of the party.
President John Mahama addressing party faithfuls of the NDC’s Campaign launch in Cape Coast took a swipe on the NPP, describing them as a violent and a party which cannot unite its rank and file.
But responding to President Mahama in Tamale, the outspoken Northern regional Chairman of the NPP said, the NDC have more fracas and violent than the NPP.
He however accused the NDC of being behind the woes of the NPP. The NDC Northern Regional Chairman was conspicuously missing at the Launch of the party’s campaign in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast on Sunday.
A confidential source said Mr. Azorka refused to attend the congress because the party hierarchy defied the orders of northern regional executives to appoint the Member of Parliament for Tamale South as the Northern regional campaign coordinator of the party.
According to the source, the poor reception accorded President John Dramani Mahama during his last leg of “Accounting to the People Tour” in the region was attributed to the Tamale south legislator.
The source further stated that, all MMDCEs and executives in the region were however summoned to Accra to answer queries on how the president was ignored by his own.
It said the Northern regional executives in answering their queries accused the Tamale South MP of being behind the poor show.
Base on that, the National executives of the NDC led by its general secretary reach a decision to give the campaign coordinator to Haruna Iddrisu since the MP is so powerful to cause that stir in the party, he can equally calm nerves of the disgruntled and raging party faithful’s in the region.
But the decision however did not go down well with some of the Northern regional executives especially Chairman Azorka and his associates.
They executives according to a source prefers the National executives gives the Campaign Coordinatorship to former Northern regional Minister and current Minister for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna.
A source closer to the NDC chairman says he is threatening to boycott any activity of the party that the Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu is involve.
But in an exclusive interview with the Northern regional Chairman of the NDC, Sofo Azorka said he could not attend the campaign launch because he had a funeral to attend as well as other important issues.
He however decline further comments on the matter but to say that he will teach some people lessons within the party.
Meanwhile, information available indicates that the former Northern regional minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna has been appointed as the campaign coordinator for northern region.
Bugri Naabu Advise Afoko to beg NPP hierarchy for clemency
By: Saaka Alhassan Tamale
The Northern regional Chairman of the Opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu has advised suspended Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko to apologize and beg the hierarchy of the party for clemency.
According to Mr. Bugri Naabu, what verdict that would have emerged in the case the party would have abide by the decision of the court saying they have welcome the decision of the court since that was what they were expecting.
“The law lies in the bosom of the judges whichever way the judge would have gone we would have accept it in good faith” he stated.
The outspoken Northern regional Chairman says the party is ready to welcome and accept Mr. Afoko should he apologize and accept his faults.
Mr. Paul Afoko was suspended indefinitely by the party in October 2015 after the NPP’s Disciplinary Committee recommended his suspension following a petition filed by two members of the party.
Mr. Afoko filed the suit at the Accra High Court, Human Rights Division on December 7, 2015, citing the NPP and its Acting National Chairman Freddie Blay of unconstitional and unlawful acts.
He insisted in his statement of claim that he was the duly elected Chairman of the NPP and that his suspension was illegal and contravened the opposition party’s constitution.
But the Human Rights Court in Accra earlier today dismissed the case brought by Mr. Paul Afoko, challenging the legality of his suspension.
The Court, Presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah said the NPP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) acted lawfully by adopting the recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the party to suspend the then National Chairman.
Speaking to the media in Tamale immediately the Human Rights Court dismiss Mr. Afoko’s case, Mr. Bugri Naabu says Afoko is a brother and a member of the party and the entire party will be ready to accept him back to the party as a prodigal son.
“Afoko for me is my brother, a northerner, and a member of the party who we will accept when he apologize to the hierarchy of the party” Bugri Naabu says.