There is growing tension in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) following accusations, counter accusations and suspicions in the process leading to the appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
Signals picked by banewsgh.com indicate that some party faithfuls in the Ejura-Sekyeredumasi, Shai Osu-doku, Antwima-Mponua, Tatale Sanguli and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba constituencies are in arms against their district and regional executives over the criteria leading to the selection of who leads their respective assemblies to steer the affairs of government.
Scores of party footsoldiers who spoke to us from these constituencies on condition of anonymity accused the leaders of trying to circumvent the status quo in their respective districts which have been the standard and conventional practice for years.
They are accusing some the leaders of trying to circumvent the process by trying to put their cronies in these positions, an arrangement they say has serious ramifications for their political fortunes.
Whilst many of them are rooting for indigenes, others are calling on leadership to consider the local dynamics in the appointment process in order to satisfy all factions in the district in order to brighten their chances in the 2020 general elections.
“We campaigned vigorously for the party to come to power but strangely after winning power, people who sat on the fence and were nowhere to be found during the difficult times have suddenly found their feet and are parading the corridors of power wanting to be DCEs.
“How can we make arrangements and strike deals with some villages and towns in the run up to the elections and now some people are pretending there was nothing? We will not allow some faceless individuals to use foul means to satisfy their parochial interest.”
The interests of the party reign and should supercede all other personal interest, we have petitioned leadership about this growing tension and we hope they will listen and do the right thing.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Information, Mustapha Hameed has served notice that the list will be out this week and has called for calm stressing that the President will do series of consultations before the appointments are made public.