NDC Execs Want DCEs Sacked … For Non-Performance
From Edmond Gyebi, Tamale
SOME NATIONAL Democratic Congress (NDC) top Executives in the Northern Region, who are dissatisfied with the performance of some District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the implementation of the Better Ghana Agenda I (from 2009 to 2012), have called on President John Mahama to replace them.
The Chairman of the NDC in the Tamale North Constituency, Alhaji Asumah Musah in an interview with The Chronicle in Tamale was emphatic that 'more than 80 to 90% of DCEs in the Northern Region do not deserve a second chance at all'.
According to Alhaji Asumah, the difficulties encountered by the NDC in winning some of the parliamentary seats in some of their strongholds in the Northern Region were as a result of the poor performance, gross disrespect for Chiefs and people, and arrogance by most of the DCEs and the members of parliament.
The ruling NDC lost 11 parliamentary seats out of the 31 in the Northern Region to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and one Independent Candidate in 2012 election. He asserted that majority of the DCEs either secretly or openly campaigned against the party's candidates, just to advance their future ambition of becoming MPs.
The Tamale North NDC Chairman, who singled out the Gushegu, East Gonja, Kpandai and West Gonja DCEs as the best performing and more committed to the work of the party, described the remaining DCEs except those in the newly created Districts as 'an apology to their people and the NDC party'.
Alhaji Asumah also expressed concern over the appalling manners almost all the NDC Regional and Constituency Executives as well as other hardworking members of the party were being treated in the NDC over the years.
According to him, the NDC would soon lose its labour force at the National, Regional and Constituency levels, if nothing is done to reduce the high indignation or resentment among majority of the members, resulting from the protracted disillusionment.
He stressed that the anxiety of members to spend their last energy, time and resources to ensure the smooth growth of the NDC as it used to exist, was fast diminishing. 'Why is it that in the past people were ready to give out their vehicles, monies and other resources to the NDC during campaign activities, but now we don't see that kind of commitment any more in the party. Even contractors who used to help the party with monies and other resources are now careful to do so, because they know they will not get anything in return'.
Alhaji Asumah, therefore, called on President Mahama to do everything possible to address the issue of disillusionment in the party, in other to improve on the commitment and loyalty of the members, especially the unemployed youth.
The Northern Regional Chairman of the NDC, Awudu Sofo Azorka, also in an interview with The Chronicle raised similar concerns, blaming most of the DCEs and MPs for failing to support the party in the region.
According to him, the disillusionment in the NDC had become unremitting and difficult to address, hence the frequent outburst of party foot-soldiers and unwarranted attacks and assaults on DCEs and Ministers.
Mr. Azorka complained that even though nothing good comes the way of most of the NDC executives, they were responsible for the daily upkeep of majority of the youth and also make deserving donations at funerals, weddings and outdoorings of the members just to maintain the image of the party.
The NDC Regional Chairman who controls large number of the youth in the party across the Northern Region, called on President Mahama to immediately see to the issue of unemployment among the party youth.