Charles Onuawonto Cromwell Bissue, the secretary of the Western Regional Branch of the New Patriotic Party has urged party supporters who did not see their preferred candidates nominated for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive positions, to respect the president’s choices.
According to Mr. Bissue, rather than protest the nominated candidates for the chief executive positions, party members should offer the candidates their full support. According to a Citi FM report, Mr Bissue said competence should be the key factor to be considered in the MMDCE selection, not ethnic lines. “Let’s all know that the persons who have been appointed now also have followers, so if the President comes to change them now, their supporters will also agitate similarly. That will divert the attention of the managers of the country,” he said in an interview with Citi FM. Mr Bissue further stated that the president’s decision should be respected, and asked them to exercise patience.
He further appealed for calm from the Jomoro and Mpohor youth groups in the region, as there were other opportunities that needed to be filled, and if any of the youth supporters were qualified for the position, they would be appointed. Since the announcement of the MMDCE candidates, there have been violent outbursts across various parts of the country, as many party supporters in different regions have kicked back against President Akufo-Addo’s selection.
Meanwhile the National Democratic Congress has blamed the public upset over the MMDCE nominations on the incompetence of the government.
According to the Northern Regional Secretary of the NDC, Tanko Komputer the government is currently facing backlash from their party supporters because the chief executive nominees selected were not the best pick of the lot to fill the positions. “It is the NPP that is destroying Tamale, else Tamale is cool. What is happening is a departure from their promise because they promised to vote the DCE but they have failed that is why people are agitated,” he said.