The NDC supporters demonstrating
Hundreds of government supporters in the Ashanti Region yesterday took part in a procession in Kumasi to show solidarity for President John Dramani Mahama and his administration.
It followed a series of demonstrations led by some members of the opposition that had called on the president to either step up action to end the ongoing power crisis in the country or step down for a more visionary, competent person to assume the mantle of leadership.
Many people had expressed their frustration and anger over the erratic electricity supply in the country and the attendant collapse of industries through protest marches, but President Mahama has indicated that he had become immune to such demonstrations just like the proverbial dead goat not being afraid of the knife.
But government supporters say the calls for Mr. Mahama to step down amidst accusation of incompetence, half way into his four-year term, amounts to an unfair judgment and ungrateful behaviour.
“We can’t blame Mahama for the current power crisis. The NPP from the UP tradition are to blame, having opposed Dr. Kwame Nkrumah when he decided to construct the Akosombo dam. He doesn’t want to manage the problem, but wants to fix it,” Ohene Agyekum, former Ghana Ambassador to US, told the NDC supporters.
According to him, it was not the desire of the president to see the country plunged into darkness as he noted, the problem is an ancient one, carried over from successive governments.
The procession, which was organised by Organised Youth of Ashanti (OYA), was to shore up support for President Mahama in the Ashanti Region – deemed to be the stronghold of the opposition NPP.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that it cost the organizers GHÈ¼80,000 with each of the participant allegedly receiving GHÈ¼20, whilst the various district chief executives were made to provide buses for those who took part.
Yesterday’s march began around 7:30 am at the Centre for National Culture and went through the principal streets of Kumasi, before it ended at Asawase.
Immediate past Ashanti Regional Deputy Minister, Joseph Yammin, described the procession as a purposeful one which had given indication that the ruling party was still strong in the region, considered to be a ‘no go area’ for the NDC.
According to him, the number of participants had encouraged the NDC that it could win half of the Ashanti electorate in the 2016 elections, asserting that the one million votes target was on the low side.
From Ernest Kofi Adu & I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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