NDC Supporters Fight Mion MCE
4/27/2012 2:30:57 PM -
PRINCE IBRAHIM Tanko, an independent parliamentary candidate in the Mion constituency of the Northern region, has petitioned President Mills to look into the recent attacks and intimidations in the area.
Tanko, who has been battling the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for some time now told DAILY GUIDE the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, Issah Zakaria has for the past few days been using his position to intimidate all persons who publicly declare support for an independent candidate or the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He alleged that the actions of the MCE were a deliberate attempt to put fear into some members of the NDC who have declared support for him.
According to him, what has made the issue worse is that the MCE had allegedly retrieved all motorbikes distributed to the assembly members within the constituency.
He said furthermore; the MCE had allegedly made it a routine practice to give warnings to the NDC supporters to desist from their actions or see the worst side of him.
Mr. Tanko, also a renowned philanthropist said both the MCE and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mion, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan were worried and desperate because some key leaders of the NDC and their followers had declared support for him as an independent candidate.
'My point is that since President Mills says he is the father for all and cares for the needy, he should look seriously into the intimidation going on at Mion and bring the MCE to book before the worst happens,' he noted.
According to Mr. Tanko, if the President fails to respond to his petition, the people would fight to defend themselves because to them nobody is above the law.
Mr. Tanko told the paper that some aggrieved NDC youth at Mion recently embarked on a demonstration to register their disapproval over the party's choice of parliamentary candidate and threatened to vote 'skirt and blouse' in the December polls if the NDC executives refused to allow him to contest on the party's ticket.
He told the paper he was disqualified by the national executives of the NDC for allegedly failing to provide certain vital documents during the party's parliamentary vetting process in Tamale.
According to him, his disqualification had brought some tension and anarchy in Tamale and Mion, as most supporters of the NDC have since protested against the party executives who are also bent on implementing their decision.
He told this paper most of the supporters are determined not to follow the NDC any more as Dr. Alhassan has lost his popularity in the constituency and can therefore not amass the votes needed by the party.
By Stella Danso Addai