Some elders and founding fathers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region have expressed their disappointments over what they term as smear campaign trick hatched by Mr. Daniel Fatawu Bugri Naabu to destabilize the impeding regional elections of the party.
The Incumbent Northern Regional NPP Chairman, Mr. Bugri Naabu in a leaked petition address to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo leveled wild allegations against Ministers of State and some MMDCEs including the Minister of Local government and Rural Development Hajia Alima Mahama, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed, and his Deputy Mr. Solomon Boar, Deputy Minister of Tourism Dr Zimblim Iddi, and Mr. Clifford Braimah Managing Director, Ghana Water Company Limited for working against him in the impending Regional Elections scheduled on 28th of April 2018.
Mr. Bugri Naabu also accused some MMDCEs in the region of surreptitiously working to unseat him.
The MMDCES includes East Mamprusi DCE Hon Danladi Nasir, Bunkpurugu DCE Hon Oscar Liwal, Bole-Bamboi DCE, Ms. Veronica Alele, Kumbungu DCE, Hon Abdula Salaam Fatawu, Mion DCE Ohamed Hashim Abdalla, Central Gonja DCE Hon Mohammed Mustapha, Yendi MCE Hon Alhaji Abubakari H.Yussif and DCE for Gushegu Hon Issah Musah.
According to the incumbent NPP Chairman, government appointees are supporting his main contender Mr. Mohammed Baatimah Adam Samba to unseat him.
But, the elders of the party said, what Mr. Naabu sought to do is bad for the unity of the party, adding that, members of the party are still coming into terms with his earlier utterances about the Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.
They described the maverick NPP Northern Regional Chairman, Mr. Bugri Naabu allegations as outrageous and called on the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to call him (Bugri Naabu) to order for the sake of party’s unity and cohesion.
According to them, Mr. Bugri Naabu is sowing a seed of discord in the party, saying that, the ways of the incumbent NPP Chairman has divided the party.
Speaking in an interviewed a member of Council of elders who wants to remained anonymous fumed that, the maverick NPP Chairman is creating security threats in the region, “his (Bugri Naabu) utterances will create doom for us in 2020 if we don’t call him to order”.
According to him, Mr. Naabu is trying to create fear and panic among delegates of the party who will be voting in the regional election a few days to come, “We know what he is doing, he is threating the peace of the party and that is uncharacteristic of somebody who wants to lead the NPP”.
The NPP elder noted that, the allegations level by Mr. Naabu is not only needless but a smear campaign plot against his opponents in the impeding regional elections.
He said, “Chairman Bugri is trying very to haul people into his smear campaign tricks and I think that is unfair, why do you want to fight everybody in the party? Since we came to power, Bugri has been fighting with everybody and all those he mentioned in his petition to President are not exceptional, he fought with the Regional Minister, he fought with Otiko, he fought with Hajia Alima, even our MPs, now he taking about MMDCEs… you cannot have everybody on your side…the NPP is liberal party where everyone has a voice… Bugri should know that the party is not his property”.
The NPP Party Elder reiterated that, the elders and founding fathers of the party will not sit down for some people to bring disunity among members of the party for their selfish interest.
He said, Mr. Bugri have no respect for elders of the party, “How can you petition an internal party matter to the President without any recourse from the council of elders of the party in the region?”
He noted that, the party’s council of elders should be the first point of call in any internal party wrangling, “but when you petition the President about his appointees with malice then we have a huge problem in the party”.
He hinted that, the elders of the party will soon meet to deliberate on the issues and make it public, adding that, “We are going to meet the National Council of Elders and after which seek audience with the President”. He emphasized
He said, the elders of the party have been very quiet on some issues that border the unity of the party but no more, “We will not allow the party to be destroy just because somebody wants to win an internal election… we have suffered for this party to see it ruin just like that”.
Another NPP elder, Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed said, the incumbent NPP Northern Regional chairman is dividing the party and if care is not taken will create doom for the party in the region.
He said, Mr. Bugri Naabu preemption about the outcome of the elections is worrying and sign of a loss battle, “Bugri is crying today because he thinks other strong forces don’t want him to lead the party again…. He has contested and won before so why is he afraid of? Chairman Bugri should that in internal elections you cannot have everybody on your side, some people will support you others will not”.
“If you think some government appointees including Ministers are against your re-election as our Regional Chairman then you are the problem, did you also support them in their nominations? … What is your relationship with them after they were appointed?” He queried
Alhaji Alhassan said, Mr. Bugri Naabu is a fine gentleman whose contribution towards the party’s victory in the 2016 elections cannot be questioned but “unfortunately he has lost it all. This is not the Bugri Naabu we knew”.
The NPP elder revealed that, “It was the same Bugri Naabu who leaks the petition to the press, I was told. How can you petition the President for redress and then leak the document to the press”.