The Northern Regional Executives of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the demonstration by pro-opposition parties in the region, will not in anyway affect President Mahama’s tour of the region.
Opposition parties in the region are embarking on a demonstration, they call, ‘Damiiya’ meaning ‘times are tough’, in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale.
The NDC however believes the demonstration is being spearheaded solely by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to dim the president’s visit to the region.
“Sammy Awuku was there, Mustapha Hamid among others were there, I saw all the national executives of the NPP except those they have suspended. So if they pretend that it is other political parties, they can go ahead. But let me tell them that the good people of the Northern Region, are going to vote massively for President Mahama. The seats in Northern Region of which NPP has nine, we are going to recapture all those seats,” Abdul Mumin Alhassan, NDC Northern Regional Communication Director, said.
Mumin Alhassan said the NPP’s plan against President Mahama’s tour will not succeed.
“The NPP issued a statement that they will demonstrate if VRA does not review tariffs. We advised them the only body they can petition about electricity tariffs was PURC, yet they ignored our advice. These people are nation wreckers, you remember even when Nkrumah was going for independence, they said it must come later so that is the people we are dealing with. We are not going to relent on our efforts of doing what we are doing. President Mahama is focused on developing this country and he is going to deliver on his mandate,” he added.
He was also hopeful that President John Mahama, who is currently on a tour of the Northern Region, will receive a rousing welcome from the majority of the people in the area, despite the ongoing demonstration.
“As I’m speaking now, he’s gone to visit the eastern part of the region for his first visit. I understand he will be visiting the northern region three times before the election. He will have the opportunity to drive on the eastern corridor road, which he awarded some few years back. There is a massive infrastructure development that is ongoing in the Salaga south constituency where dormitories, libraries and school blocks have been put up, so he will be visiting to see the facility. He will also pay a courtesy call on some paramount chiefs along the eastern corridor. He will also continue his tour tomorrow [Tuesday], to other parts like Yendi, Zabzugu, Tatale among other places. So the prospects are high, the people are very happy,” the NDC communicator added.