Source: Savannanews24.com / Hamza Lansah Lolly :
Some NPP youth in Gonja Land, has dare the maverick Northern Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu not to step foot in Damongo as part of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo official tour to the region.
H.E. Akufo-Addo as part of his 3-day tour to the Northern Region will pay homage to the Overlord of the Gonja Traditional Kingdom, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa I but the NPP youth calling themselves NPP Gonja Caucus dares Mr. Naabu not to step foot to the area.
According to the youth, Mr. Bugri Naabu has so much hatred for Gonjas in the party.
In a petition to the Yagbonwura, the NPP youth stated that, ever since the NPP won the 2016 general elections, the NPP’s Northern Regional Chairman attacked and denigrated almost all Gonjas in the government.
“He first started his hate speech on our sister Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, who is the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister under this our government. He lambasted her in the media, calling her all sort of names including murder and being a lesbian. He stated Otiko Afisa Djaba is part of the people who killed the former Upper East Regional Chairman, Mr. Adams Mahama. This has the potential of damaging her hard earn image and womanhood”. They stated
Below is the petition :
NPP GONJA CAUCUS
Your Royal Majesty,
Petition against NPP Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu
We the above mentioned group are Sons and Daughters of Yagbon, the home of the Gonja Traditional Area and are card bearing members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the northern region. We are petitioning you our grandfather, the Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom against the NPP Regional Chairman, Mr. Bugri Naabu.
We understand His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo will be visiting the Yagbon-Wura, Tuntumba Boresa I on Friday, October 6, 2017. His visit is to pay homage to you and the people of the Gonja Traditional area. However, the President will becoming with many dignitaries, notable among them will be the Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Chairman Bugri Naabu.
In fact, we wish to draw the attention of the Yagbon-Wura and the Palace to the persistent attacks of the Chairman on the Sons and Daughters of the Yagbon-Wura. Ever since the NPP won the 2016 general elections and took the oath office, Mr. Bugri Naabu has attacked and denigrated almost all Gonjas in the government.
He first started his hate speech on our sister Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, who is the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister under this our government. He lambasted her in the media, calling her all sort of names including murder and being a lesbian. He stated Otiko Afisa Djaba is part of the people who killed the former Upper East Regional Chairman, Mr. Adams Mahama. This has the potential of damaging her hard earn image and womanhood.
That notwithstanding, Chairman Bugri Naabu vowed not to allow one of the daughters of Yagbon-Wura, Madam Safia to be appointed as an Officer of the Ghana School Feeding Program in the northern region at the expense of his candidate who equally is a female.
Just about a week ago, the Regional Executives together with the various Constituency Executives and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives met at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale. At this meeting, Mr. Bugri Naabu subjected Madam Safia to some inhuman treatment and walk her out of the meeting, this angered many people in the meeting including all Gonjas who were present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, in the run-up to the 2016 elections and all executives in the party were seriously canvassing for votes, Chairman Bugri Naabu illegally suspended Madam Safia as the Women Organizer without the knowledge of his subordinates.
This development compelled some executives and communicators of the NPP to stand against the illegality. Many people deem the act as an attempt to sideline Gonjas from the party structures in the region. This necessitated a crusade led the Deputy Northern Regional Communications Officer, Mr. Fredrick Tahiru to petitioned the National Executives and the then flagbearer, Nana Akuffo Addo to reinstate Hajia Safia.
For these and other pertaining issues he has countless times against we the Sons and Daughters of the Gonja land, we are calling on our grandfather, Yagbon-Wura Tuntumba Boresa I to admonish President Akuffo Addo to STOP Chairman Bugri Naabu from following him to Damongo on Friday. We believe Bugri Naabu is against Gonjas and thereby we don’t need him in our kingdom.
He is not a unifier and therefore the President must be wary of him. We therefore demand an unequivocal apology from Chairman Daniel Bugri Naabu, else his visit to this palace will be resisted fearlessly. This we believe will redeem the damage he has caused to the Gonja Kingdom.
………………. Chief Alhassan