NDC Activist Stage Violent Street Protest

Ludwig Hlodze, NDC Youth Organiser

Ludwig Hlodze, NDC Youth Organiser

Various Youth of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region continue to mount pressure on President John Dramani Mahama to revoke the appoint of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Adam Imoro, in the interest of peace.

The youth who on Friday took to the streets in Sakogu and other suburbs in protest against the imposition of the DCE by the President in consultation with the Member of Parliament threatened bloodshed if their demands were not immediately met.

Seidu Tahiru, spokesperson of the group, indicated that the demonstration which was characterized by the burning of lorry tyres and blocking of some streets was just a tip of the iceberg which should send a strong signal to government that they were out for serious business.

He disclosed to DAILY GUIDE they were prepared to get more violent in the coming days and would not mind spilling blood if their grievances were not adequately addressed.

According him the constituency executives who were in support of the DCE were doing so for their parochial interests, noting that the youth in the area constituted the majority who toiled for the party during the 2012 elections.

‘Our voices must be heard and all we want is for Adam Imoro to leave,’ he remarked.

Giving reasons to back their demands, he indicated that the embattled DCE, during his four-year tenure, failed to bring about meaningful development to the area as a result of his gross incompetence.

This, he observed, had created a vacuum comparing the development witnessed under the DCE in the erstwhile Kufuor administration stating that despite several calls on government to seek a suitable replacement, it was dragging its feet.

It was obvious that street protest, he opined, could get their grievances addressed since the various protocols had been breached.

Meanwhile, the Comrades Network of Mamprugu, a think tank of the ruling NDC, has said Adam Imoro does not deserve a second term as he has been accused of mismanagement, corruption and incompetence.

Salifu Abraham, its spokesperson, said there was no meaningful development in the area during the tenure of office of Adam Imoro. However, the fortunes of the party had been dwindling in the constituency which narrowly won the seat in the 2012 elections by a little over 400 votes as against over 4000 votes in 2008 even in opposition.

Mr. Abraham also accused the DCE of running a one-man show hijacking appointments of persons to GYEEDA and other employment opportunities as well as sidestepping due process in the award of contracts to his cronies much to the displeasure of party executives in the constituency.

He added that the DCE was not competent to be in office, suggesting that the President appoints a young talented energetic person to administer the affairs of the district in an open and transparent manner as against the leadership style of the DCE which is creating disaffection within the rank and file of the party in the constituency.

On corruption charges, the spokesperson opined that in 2009, Adam Imoro collected GH¢32,500 from three farmers with a promise to secure them with government subsidized tractors, a promised he was yet to redeem.

He further called on him to render accounts for GH¢4million the district received in 2010 for capacity building and water project for the area.

The group also issued a stern warning to the Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Alfred Sugri Tia to stay neutral to enhance party unity and perform his duty as an MP for all or risk his seat if he supports the re-nomination of Hon. Adam Imoro.

The Comrades Network of Mamprugu reminded President John Mahama to redeem his campaign promise to complete the 45 kilometer Walewale-Gambaga road which is at a standstill.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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