The NPP’s Youth Organiser in Zabiela’s home was attacked by unknown gunmen. The Youth Organiser is an outspoken supporter of the Vice President. The attack, which led to the firing of live rounds in his home, was to send a clear message that support for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would not be countenanced in that area.
The Upper East Regional Chairman for the NPP, Lawyer Anthony Namoo, made these claims when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Monday, November 6, 2023.
Mr. Namoo said that some unknown people, suspected not to be members of the NPP, were behind a vigorous and deadly campaign for the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia to get zero votes in the eastern part of the Upper East Region at the recently ended presidential primaries.
“On the night before the election, 11 rounds of ammunition were shot. Fortunately he was not there. His wife was smart and took him away. On election day, I had to go there. So you can see the scare tactics. It is unfortunate that in a democratic regime, this would happen. The investigators are on it. I don’t want to preempt what is happening. It became a war zone. They wanted Bawumia to record zero in the constituencies in the east because of certain factors. It is unfortunate that people outside the party, mainly, can scare our people. Our voters were intimidated.”
Mr. Namoo explained that the detractors of Dr. Bawumia, and, to a large extent, of the NPP are hiding beneath the cover of the chieftaincy conflict to foment trouble and scare people away from supporting the vice president.
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP said he was taken aback by the strategy because the conflict predates the Vice President.
He continued to say that the Vice President was a man of peace and inclusivity and as such, would not stand for such an attack.
Mr. Namoo called on the security agencies to work assiduously to fish out the masterminds behind the attacks.
Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Communication Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jonathan Abdallah Salifu, is confident that the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu and the Deputy Minister for Housing, who doubles as MP for Binduri, Abdulai Abanga could lose their appointed positions because of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s poor performance in the Binduri constituency at the recently ended presidential primaries.
On Saturday, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was elected as the flagbearer to contest on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 presidential election.
He polled 118,210 of the 192,446 valid votes cast, representing 61.47, to beat his closest competitor, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, in the keenly contested election.
Mr Agyapong, MP, Assin Central, garnered 71,996 votes, representing 37.41 per cent ahead of two other contenders: former Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, 1,459 votes, translating into 0.76 percent, and former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh, 781 votes, representing 0.41 percent.
A total of 193,346 votes were cast; 900 were rejected.
In the Upper East Region, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia polled 5,218 votes, while his closest contender, Kennedy Agyapong, polled 2,111 votes. But in the Binduri constituency, Kennedy Agyapong polled 294 votes, while Dr. Bawumia polled 70 votes.
When Mr. Abdallah Salifu spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, he mentioned that the poor showing of Dr. Bawumia would be translated by the NPP as no work done by the two leading government appointees in the area. As such, their jobs may be taken from them.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana