13 November 2012

Ghana: NPP Slams Mahama Over Tribal Politics

Kumasi — THE LEADING opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has descended heavily on the President John Dramani Mahama, for what it describes as his incessant tribal remarks on his campaign trail.

The opposition party says the President's sectarian campaign is not only unfortunate but also a recipe for tribal chaos and must, therefore, be condemned by all well meaning Ghanaians.

The party indicated that at a time Ghanaians are clamouring for peace and tranquility ahead of the crucial elections, the least Ghanaians can expect is to have a sitting president engaging in tribal politics just to desperately hold onto power.

President Mahama has in recent times come under scourge from a section of the political divide, following some alleged tribal statements made during his campaign tour to the three Northern regions.

He was reported to have indicated that people of the northern descent were tired of playing second fiddle to the presidency and that it was time the people in the three regions threw their weight behind him so that he can win the December 7 elections.

The President was also recently reported to have challenged the opposition party to demonstrate their true love for the people of the three northern regions by choosing Dr. Bawumia to contest him for the presidency.

But the opposition party says the President has nothing good to offer the good people of Ghana and in his desperation to hold onto power, has resorted to whipping tribal sentiments.

Addressing a news conference in Kumasi, an aide to the flagbearer of the NPP, Abu Jinapor said because the NDC administration led by President Mahama has run down the economy and also failed to fulfill the numerous campaign promises made to residents of the three northern regions, it is now playing the tribal cards.

According to him, the strategy by being adopted by the President and the NDC is not only dangerous but also has the tendency to disturb the peace and tranquility Ghanaians are enjoying under the democratic dispensation.

"Ghanaians are worried about the message-less campaign being perpetrated by President John Mahama in his desperate bid to hold onto power. The party, therefore, called on Ghanaians to reject the NDC and their heinous agenda, which it noted, amounts to divide and rule politics.

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