Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Daniel Bugri Naabu, has denied media reports suggesting deep cracks and escalated tension in the party especially between Kokombas and Dagombas following intense lobbying by constituency executives for appointments at the Presidency.
A section of the media after a fiery and unsuccessful meeting in Tamale on Wednesday at Mafara Hotel between party executives reported that the party was divided on tribal lines following the ministerial appointments so far.
The reports said some concerned party loyalists were accusing the regional chairman of championing Kokombas agenda sparking fury from the majority Dagombas whose kinsmen have no place in the President’s appointments presently.
A tribal pressure group in the regional capital, Concerned Youth of Dagbon, nearly vandalized party properties after a Nanumba and a Kokomba tribesmen were named cabinet and regional ministers respectively.
It’s spokeperson Yussif Danjuma told Ultimate News the appointments were discriminatory and a way of arming other tribes against Dagombas in a region rugged by tribal violence.
However, at ‘unplanned’ news conference on Thursday at his residence where party businesses are now carried out after he shut down the regional secretariat, the inelegant chairman ripped into the media in outrage saying pressmen lacked “integrity” and are avarice driven.
He singled out Citi FM castigating it reporter with unacceptable and incriminating words and threatened to incite party youth against him for “sabotage”.
“Some of you pressmen I doubt whether you are really pressmen; you don’t have integrity. Why? what didn’t come in the meeting hall would come in the air? This morning when I heard the news item I was shocked, did this issue raised there? Then where did they raised this issue? It means that the pressmen, some of you are cheap, you work for your stomach”, he fumed.
In what appeared to be a planned and well-rehearsed tantrums, none of the executives interrupted the attack except few who were gesturing urging the flaming chairman on and none of the pressmen also intervened on behalf of the reporter who was absent.
“The guy claim he is an NPP man and yet he is being sabotaging the NPP. I’m saying it, I don’t mince words. He should stop what he is doing. The NPP youth can rebel against him if he doesn’t take time. The youth was here this morning agitating and I told them to be patience. The guy should stop. I will take the matter up in Accra”
Ultimate news’ Eliasu Tanko reported that the reporter has declined comment.
However, there have been ruthless lobbying manoeuvres among party members in the region for DCEs positions.
The development has caused deep divisions forcing many youth groups to issue warnings of violent protests if their choices are not chosen.