Tamale NPP Youth Condemn Executives Over Incompetency
Northern Regional NPP Executives parochial interest and winner takes it all syndrome made it impossible for the party to increase parliamentary seats in the region
Concern Youth of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Tamale South Constituency of the Northern Region, says the Regional Executives of the party performed poorly in the 2020 general elections due to their self-centered attitude.
According to them, the greed and attitude of the regional executives towards the party grassroots dwindled the popularity of the Akufo-Addo's government success story in the Region.
The concern Youth in a press statement copied to Soiree News 24 argued that the Executives parochial interest and winner takes it all syndrome made it impossible for them to increase the party's parliamentary seats in the region.
"The inability of the Northern regional executives to marshal grassroots supporters to canvas votes for NPP parliamentary candidates is one of the reasons why they failed to add up to the number of seats held by the party in the region prior to the 2020 general election".
They further mentioned that the regional executives neglected the youth in President Akufo Addo's government's first term, and as a result, the chairman Samba-led administration failed to mobilize them to campaign for the party's parliamentary candidates at the various constituencies in the region.
Read the full Press Release Below
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18TH February 2021.
FAILURE ON THE PART OF NPP NORTHERN REGIONAL EXECUTIVES TO WIN MORE PARLIAMENTARY SEATS FOR THE PARTY IN THE REGION, BY CONCERN YOUTH GROUPS OF NPP (TAMALE SOUTH BRANCH).
Per projections, the three northern regions were falling for H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo and NPP in the 2020 elections.
The Savannah and North East regions took advantage and increased their popular votes in the presidential and as well the number of parliamentary seats in their respective regions but the Northern region failed to do the same.
There is no denial of the fact that the Chairman Samba-led executives increased the popular votes in the northern region but willfully failed to add up to the number of parliamentary seats held by the party in the region. It is worth asking this humble question, what are the reasons for the failure on the part of the regional executives?
The inability of the Northern regional executives to marshal grassroots supporters to canvas votes for NPP parliamentary candidates is one of the reasons why they failed to add up to the number of seats held by the party in the region prior to the 2020 general election.
Mostly the youth is described as the lifeblood of political parties because of the immense contribution to the success of the political parties. Any political party that neglects its youth will pay for its electorally. That is what happened to the NPP in the northern region.
The regional executives neglected the youth for the last four years of the first term of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo’s government and as a result, failed to mobilize them to Campaign for the party’s parliamentary candidates in the region.
They shared what belongs to the youth to themselves, families, friends, and errand boys and could not explain to the majority of the youth why they should come out and campaign.
For instance, the youth quota of government Hajj pilgrimage tickets for three consecutive years before COVID struck was shared with their families, friends, and errand boys and in some instances to their side chicks.
We saw how the regional organizer, Alhaji Rashid COP, and his scout paraded themselves to Hajj to the dismayed youth groups of the party in the region.
There were instances that names of some people within the youth class got expunged to make way for their families, friends, and errand boys to travel to the holy land. We do not have qualms with any executive paying for his side chicks or relatives to embark on the spiritual journey but given what belongs to the youth wing to undeserving people is problematic.
Very soon CYG-NPP will call on the regional executives to account for Hajj tickets in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Hajj years.
Another situation that made the youth got relaxed and do not contribute enough to the 2020 elections was the negative treatment metered out to the women supporters within the party.
One such bad treatment metered out to our mothers was that a regional executive gave ZOOMLION opportunities to NDC supporters in Tamale because his side chick happens to be related to the said NDC sympathizers.
Sympathizers of NDC are Ghanaians and have the right to benefit from job opportunities created by the government but for a regional executive to make providing jobs to NDC sympathizers his priority because of a side chick is unwarranted.
Another issue that hate and got youth groups and grassroots supporters annoyed was that some of the regional executives deliberately worked against NPP parliamentary candidates, clear cases were their Machiavellian tactics deployed against Dr. Brahama Anyars and Felicia Tettey candidates for Tamale Central and Sagnarigu constituencies respectively.
In one of Dr. Brahama Anyars's door-to-door campaigns, Victory Cinema electoral area to be specific the regional organizer Alhaji Rashid COP sent his thugs who went to the scene of the door to door and fired guns into the air to scare party supporters.
Why should a regional organizer who should be assisting his candidates to win chose the option of distracting his campaigns? Alhaji Rashid COP’s encounter with Felicia Tettey in which he threatened to slap her was also known to the general public.
These issues or situations and many other incidents on the part of the regional executives contributed immensely to them not being able to fulfill their own promise of winning 15 seats for NPP in the northern region.
We will keep bringing out these issues for correctional purposes.
Ibrahim Nurudeen. North-East Region