Politics of Monday, 24 July 2017
An executive of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Northern region has vented anger on the regional minister Salifu Saeed, describing him as a “liar, “distrustful” and hinted of ongoing efforts for a meeting with President Nana Addo to discuss the minister.
Mr. Abdulai Imoro, a polling station chairman in the Salamba electoral area and known litigant who sued some national executives in 1992 for a breach of the party’s Constitution, is the latest party insider in the regional capital to join the growing lists of dissatisfied bloc calling for the removal of the minister whose administration has been plagued with controversies over contracts and presidential appointments.
According to the chairman, the minister was inaccessible and wantonly indifferent to the plight of constituencies, polling stations executives and youth groups and urged party leadership to suspend lip service and get into action.
“Initially, I thought he could do better but no I don’t think, because there are prominent people trying to get him at the office but nil, nil…you won’t get him. I don’t trust him at all. He doesn’t speak the truth: because we are now in government and government is just like a rainy thunder – a rain thunder, immediately you resume the power anything can hinder you not to do what to do. There is power and it’s not a small thing. A lot of avenue particularly for the polling executives and the youth groups. They are suffering; so let us stop talking, talking and take the action and stop the lie, lie,” he said.
He said the minister has neglected majority of party faithful in whose unquantifiable contributions brought it power and was now running the regional coordinating council with a clique of family and friends, the lightning rod for his anger.
Mr. Imoro claimed further that the minister after sharing contracts among his cronies, had not been able to spend a night at both his official and private residences and only wandered from one hotel to another. He mentioned the Modern City Hotel as the minister’s new home, a claim Starr News was unable to verify.
He rated the minister as “nonperforming” and told Starr News he had already planned a meeting with the president to “tell him a lot about” Salifu Saeed.
“I was (sic) prepare to go to Accra and there is no way that I won’t get Nana Akufo-Addo, and I will tell him a lot. Look, my friend let me tell you, I’m not a new person to Nana Addo,” chairman Imoro boasted.
The regional minister is not new to such damning allegations by regional party executives including the regional chairman, Bugri Naabu and Women organizer, Hajia Amamata Sayibu who had accused him of sabotaging their interest and denigrating presidential nominations.
Saeed is yet to respond to all the allegations.