President John Evans Atta Mills has withdrawn the nominations of six District Chief Executives (DCEs). They are Central Region: (Agona West) Sussana Keelson-Aikins, (Efutu) Alexander Fiifi Ghartey; Western Region: (Jomoro) Stephen Blay; Ashanti Region: (Afigya-Kwabre) Benedict Fosu Adjei; and Northern Region: (Bunkpurugu) Abdallah Sibri Nanyuni and (Karaga) Adam Mohammed Aminu.
Agitations and protestations have greeted most of the nominations, with tons of petitions flying to the Castle, Osu. NDC activists are claiming that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know the nominees, with some staging violent protests.
In some instances, Chiefs are not left out in the street protests, calling on the President to withdraw such
At Afigya Kwabre District in the Ashanti Rregion, Benedict Fosu AdjeiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happiness for his nomination for the position of the District Chief Executive (DCE) has been cut short.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Residents of the district, especially supporters of the NDC, had kicked against his nomination and urged the President to quickly replace him.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
The agitated residents however called on President Mills to rather appoint Joseph Baah to take over the enviable DCE position to ensure peace in the area.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Hundreds of eye-red NDC supporters in the area on Tuesday marched through the principal streets of Boaman to demonstrate against Mr. AdjeiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nomination.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Hoisting red flags, the disconcerted demonstrators, amid war songs, openly stated that they would never accept Mr. Adjei to ascend to the revered seat of the DCE.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Some of the placards that the demonstrators hoisted had inscriptions such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“No Baah, no voteÃ¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We do not know AdjeiÃ¢â‚¬Â, among a host of others.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Briefing DAILY GUIDE about why they have taken that stance, the spokesperson for the group, E.O. Agyeman, accused Mr. Acheampong of not being an NDC member.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our checks have revealed that Mr. Adjei is not a card-bearing member of the NDC in the district or constituency, he has also not been known as NDC member since 1992Ã¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Supported by Mallam Seidu, the NDC Constituency Vice Chairman, Mr. Agyeman alleged that Mr. Adjei paid bribes to some leading members of the NDC in the district to get the nod. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We believe Mr. Adjei used GHÃ‚Â¢5000 to induce the NDC constituency Chairman, D.Y. Kwarteng and Organiser, Ahmed, to badly influence President Mills who has subsequently nominated himÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Responding to why they were rooting for Mr. Baah, he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“he is a loyal party member who has contested as parliamentary candidate of the party twice and lost.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Ã‚Â
Adjei continued that Mr. Baah had also contributed in cash and kind to help NDC activities in the area, adding, Ã¢â‚¬Å“he even sacrificed his job to promote the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cause in the districtÃ¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Meanwhile, President Mills made more nominations for
Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies for confirmation.
They are, Northern Region: (West Gonja) Adam Mutawakilu; (Kpandai) Jasper Jatoe Moayi; and (East Mamprusi) Adam Imoro.
Central Region: (Mfantsiman) Henry Hayfron; and (Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam) Peter Light Koomson.
Eastern Region: (Birim Central) Ophelia Koomson; (Kwahu West) Alex Somuah Obeng; and (Kwahu North) Charles Evans Apraku. Ashanti Region: (Ejura-Sekyeredumasi) Martha Bruckner.
Upper West: (Nadowli) Abu Kasangbata. Volta Region: (Krachi West) Moses Kwame Ponye.
Brong Ahafo Region: (Nkoranza North) Kwadwo Adjei Dwemoh; (Jaman North) Hajia Amina Amadu; (Tano North) Dominic Owusu-Amoako; (Berekum) Stephen Lord Oppong; (Kintampo South) Kojo Nyame Datiakwa; (Kintampo North) Alhassan Seidu Harrison; (Atebubu-Amantin) Sanja Nanja; (Pru) Masawud Mohammed; (Sene) Dominic Napare; (Dormaa West) Vincent Oppong Asamoah; (Asunafo South) Fleance Danso; (Asunafo North) Mohammed Kwaku Doku; (Asutifi) Eric Addae; (Dormaa East) I.K. Kyeremeh; (Tano South) Bukari Anaba Zakari; (Jaman South) Julius Atta Bediako; (Wench) Yaw Osei Agyei; (Tain) Jones Samuel Tawiah; (Sunyani Municipal) Kwasi Oppong Ababio; (Sunyani West) Kwadwo Osei-Asibey and (Techiman Municipal) Alex Kyeremeh.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi,
With additional files from GNA