Tamale Bounces Back
LIFE IS gradually returning to the Tamale Metropolis and surrounding communities as brisk business begins to bounce back to life after the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the election petition last Thursday.
Early Friday morning, DAILY GUIDE observed that the principal streets of the town were characterised by the usual uproar with hawkers trying to catch the attention of motorists to purchase their wares put on display.
Staff of various agencies were seen hastening for work as at 7am, a situation which was missing on the morning of the judgement day by the court.
Most shops, prior to the announcement, were closed with virtually empty streets as some residents remained indoors glued to their television sets awaiting the outcome of proceedings from the highest court of the land.
There was no vehicular movement as witnessed on busy working days within the city with most of the various lorry parks without prospective travellers as officials of the various bus terminals relaxed under sheds.
As at midday when the verdict had still not been declared, the entire metropolis was very quiet and could pass for a cemetery with residents wondering what was amiss among the nine-panel Supreme Court justices for the undue delay in coming to deliver their long-awaited verdict. Sirens of heavily armed police and military patrol teams were all one could hear amid the pensive mood residents were in when there seemed to be a delay in the start of proceedings.
When the verdict was finally given after midday, the city still remained calm with a handful of National Democratic Congress (NDC) party faithful hitting the streets tooting horns of their motorbikes jubilating over the court’s decision.
Virtually all shops remained closed by owners for fear that some unscrupulous persons could take advantage to loot their wares or the possible eruption of violence.
Checks at the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) revealed that most of them were on French as their offices remained closed.
Contrary to speculation that jubilation by the victors could spark violence in view of the fact that the area was a hot spot in the country, everything went on well within the Tamale Metropolis.
The pockets of jubilation was, however, short-lived as the supporters after some minutes of chanting victorious songs dispersed to their various homes for the evening Moslem prayers.
Most opinion leaders, who in the runup to the announcement were advocating peace, indicated that the conduct of both parties and their supporters was a clear manifestation that the country’s democracy had indeed come of age.
Most of them commended the 2012 flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo Addo for the bold step he took in immediately accepting the court’s verdict and urging his supporters to do same, observing that it was the first time the country spoke in one voice.
Nii Ajumako Nunoo I the Ga-Adangme chief of Tamale was full of praise for residents of Tamale for proving their skeptics wrong by rising to the occasion without a single incident.
He said Ghana eventually emerged winner and appealed to the various political divides to demonstrate the good example beyond the Supreme Court verdict in order to serve as an example to other African countries.
Nii Ajumako urged residents to eschew acrimony and focus on contributing their individual quotas towards national development rather than concentrate on development only along on political party lines.
Meanwhile security details at the various vantage points within the Tamale
Metropolis are still at post monitoring the situation to ensure that nothing untoward happens in the aftermath of the verdict.
Though residents have got over the verdict and going about their normal duties, security officials have, however, indicated that they are leaving nothing to chance and will only withdraw their personnel when they received signals that everything is back to normal.
FROM Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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