General News of Saturday, 15 July 2017
The Northern regional chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Daniel Bugri Naabu, says he has asked President Akufo-Addo to sack the Northern regional minister Salifu Saeed and his deputy, Solomon Boar from office.
According to him, the two officials are undermining his authority, denigrating presidential appointments and are also corrupt.
Mr. Naabu in an angry diatribe said he was on his way to meet the president after writing three letters without a response, and warned to step down as regional chairman if the president refuses to dismiss the two officers.
The chairman was speaking to Starr News after his nephew failed a second-time bid to become the District Executive for Bunkprugu -Yunyoo district.
Relationship between the regional minister, his deputy and Bugri Naabu reached a new low after he accused them of sabotaging appointments of some DCE-nominees loyal to him by bribing assembly members not to confirm their nominations.
In Bunkprugu for instance, the chairman said the deputy minister, also Member of Parliament, is double-crossing him because he believes his nephew, J. K Alhassan was a threat to his political profession. He said Mr. Saeed was also supporting a different person to unseat him as regional party chairman.
In another of the gamut of allegations repeatedly levelled by Bugri Naabu, he claimed the minister had not been attending official duties at the Regional Coordinating Council because some youth were hunting him over contracts he declined to elaborate on.
“The youth are chasing the minister right now; that they don’t even know the minister’s whereabout, as a regional minister the whole region doesn’t know where you are then how do you manage the place,” chairman ‘bulldozer’ asked.
Mr. Naabu accused the two executives of advancing factional agenda to split the party and government and called for their removal.
“The Regional Minister and his deputy are making my work difficult, very very difficult. I have reported it to the President; not one letter, more than about three letters. The regional minister and his deputy, they are destroying all NPP good job, all the wining we won, if we don’t take time, coming next time we may lose most of the places we won. I have told the president if he doesn’t take action, I’m coming back to Accra after my work today. I’m not going to be doing a good job while some people are destroying it, and I have told the president to let him go and I don’t want to mince words.
“I told the president that these people the way they are in the region, they are destroying the region. For me if that is the case, I will come and with him in Accra, he will take action immediately”.