Politics of Thu, 6 Oct 201619
Awal was making outrageous demands from NDC - Solomon Nkansah
The National Communications Director of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Solomon Nkansah, has revealed that defected deputy National Communications Officer for the Zongo Caucus Awal Mohammed was making outrageous demands from the party.
He added that the party could not meet his demands and therefore sees his change in camp as a blessing in disguise because there was no way the NDC party could meet his requests.
“When he joined the party, he started making unrealistic demands. And so we realized that he wasn’t loyal to the party. The NDC is not a party that doles out money to people. We are there to serve Ghana and not individuals. So, he should go to the NPP where his outrageous demands could be met.”
“He wanted to make it in life so quickly which the NDC was not prepared to do that and so if he has resigned to join the NPP, he should go. We will not sit down for him to be a bad influence on our people”, he noted on Kasapa Fm.
Awal Mohammed who is a leading party communicator in the Ashanti Region, divorced his relationship with the NDC stating that his continuous stay in the party was going to be a bad influence in its members, a situation party officials say they are working on daily basis to prevent.
Awal Mohammed said the Zongo Development Fund promised by flag bearer of the NPP, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo if given the mandate to govern the country in 2017 was among several factors for his decision.
“Not long ago, Nana Akufo-Addo came to the Ashanti Region and interacted with the zongos. In his interaction with the people, he promised to set up the Zongo Development Fund to help in face-lifting the zongo communities in the country in order to curb the challenges confronting the people.”
“A week after, I addressed a press conference and told the people that what Akufo Addo is promising is a lie because he doesn’t have any track record to support his claim. I further told my people that we in the NDC have better policies that can help in face-lifting the zongos communities and so, I urged the people not to give credence to what Akufo Addo told them. After that the NDC launched its manifesto and in the 88-page document, there is nothing that shows that they have plans for the zongo communities. It was only page 28 that I read that they will put our brothers and sisters in the zongo communities on the LEAP program to enable them enjoy some grants from the government.”
“But this is demeaning to the zongo communities because they are not interested in the small grants that would be doled out to them. In any case, how can they survive with that small grant when one is taking care of school children? The zongo communities rather need someone who will help in uplifting them from poverty by empowering them to survive on their own.”
“So, after analyzing this, I realized that we the zongos are being manipulated by the NDC who keep on using tribalism to divide us by telling us that the NPP does not like us. However, even though the NPP has not launched its manifesto, it has been able to demonstrate that when given the nod in 2017, they will earmark a fund to develop the zongos,” he noted.