A National Democratic Congress (NDC) group (Gbewa Youth Group) in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, has accused the regional chairman of the party, Sofo Azorka, of overturning a decision by the Board of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to appoint Abdul Rashid Tanko aka Computer, as the Northern Regional Director of the scheme.
There have been uneasy calm in the agency in the region after its former director, who is the regional organizer of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Amin Adam (Abio), was interdicted on Thursday, October 29, 20015 for allegedly engaging in financial malfeasance to the tune of GH¢950,000 (¢9.5 billion).
Our sources at YEA revealed that in June this year, there were plans by the then Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kobby Acheampong, to expand the modules of YEA to include agriculture, but that was never done.
Alhaji Aminu Adam however, reportedly started implementing the project in the Northern Region and entered into a contractual agreement with Wumpini Agro Chemicals – a Tamale-based agro chemical company – to supply some agricultural inputs totaling ¢9.5 billion.
Management, who later got wind of the alleged underhand dealings, accused him of failing to act in accordance with procurement processes and as well exceeded the GH¢200,000 mandated spending ceiling for national officers.
The Gbewa group accused Sofo Azorka of threatening the Chief of Staff that he would sanction Tamale if Abdul Rashid Tanko was not appointed as the new YEA Coordinator in the Northern Region, indicating that “we are equally telling the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, not to pay heed to what Sofo Azorka says, if the government and the party want peace in the region.”
The NDC youth said they were reliably informed that the Chief of Staff had directed the Board to rather appoint Abdul Rashid Tanko, the party’s regional director of elections, as the director of YEA in the region.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the secretary of the Gbewa Youth Group, Isuben Nagumsi said, “We will resist any attempt to impose anyone who does not have the youth of the party at heart; we are prepared to fight anybody who thinks he can take the group for granted, including Sofo Azorka.”
He stated that the group doubts that Rashid Tanko is capable of being the regional coordinator of YEA saying that even the Chief of Staff could attest to the fact that NDC youth groups in the region had lost interest in the likes of Sofo Azorka and Rashid Tanko, whose ambition is to go after money and not to unite the party.
According to Nagumsi, under the leadership of Sofo Azorka, the NDC party has lost its value and attraction as it lost almost 10 seats in the 2012 general election.
Bukurusung NDC Youth Responds
Meanwhile, another youth group calling itself Bukurusung Youth Group, has come out to defend the appointment of Rashid Tanko, indicating that the group was gunning for his appointment as deputy minister of state, considering his enormous experience in party administration and election management.
According to the secretary of Bukurusung, the attack on Sofo Azorka is baseless because if he was to recommend Mr Tanko for appointment, he would have rather recommended him for a ministerial appointment.
The group advised politicians in the region to desist from using the youth to cause divisions in the party.
FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale