Some youth of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Western Region are calling for the head of the Regional Chairman, Nana Kwame Toku, for misconduct, including causing divisions between the branches and constituency leaders and openly declaring his support for Former President Mahama in the upcoming delegates conference.
“We are by this release calling for his resignation or suspension by the national leadership of the party as regional chairman with immediate effect so he can continue with his campaign for his preferred candidate in the Region,” the youth posited.
In a statement issued by Joel S. Ndede, Spokesperson for the group, Nana Toku is accused of openly campaigning for the former President John Mahama in the region which is against the traits of a leader of a group with varied interests and choices.
The group has accused him of serving the interest of one candidate and not the party as his position demands.
The Regional Chairman was also accused of forcing one of the constituency executives, Benedict Boadi, in the Jomoro Constituency to resign for openly campaigning for a particular NDC parliamentary aspirant and presidential aspirant.
The irate group have warned Nana Toku and his other western regional executives not to step foot in the constituencies as regional executives to campaign for any particular aspirant.
“Nana Toku is a ‘Referee’ in this electioneering process of the NDC Presidential primaries, and as a ‘Referee’ he must stay neutral in all campaign activities of the NDC Presidential aspirants and only monitor the campaign activities of the aspirants. He must also ensure that there is no foul play, irregularities, bias and intimidations in the electoral process in the Region in order to come out with a satisfactory, credible, peaceful, free and fair election without diminishing the founding principles of which the NDC party was founded,” the statement noted.
The former President John Mahama is contesting six other aspirants to lead the party in the upcoming 2020 general election. They include the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; Nadowli Kaleo MP, Alban Bagbin; Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah, a former Trade and Industry Minister; Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Prof. Joshua Alabi; Goosie Tanoh and Nurudeen Iddrisu.
The party has scheduled presidential primary on February 23, 2019 amidst petitions.
Below is the full unedited statement:
CONCERNED NDC YOUTH OF WESTERN REGION
NANA TOKU OPEN CAMPAIGN IN THE REGION IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MUST BE SUSPENDED OR RESIGNED AS NDC WESTERN REGIONAL CHAIRMAN WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
We, the concerned NDC youth of Western Region, write with the greatest disappointment on the leadership of the NDC Western Regional executives particularly, Nana Toku, NDC Western Regional Chairman for openly touring and campaigning for one NDC Presidential Aspirant, Mr John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana in the Western Region which is creating a lot of problems and divisions among NDC delegates at both branch and constituency levels.
We are by this release calling for his resignation or suspension by NDC’s National leadership as regional chairman with immediate effect before he continues his campaign in the Region.
This move by our Regional Chairman, Nana Toku is very unfortunate, unwise and unacceptable because it is gradually deepening and creating so many internal wrangling and destabilizing the peaceful atmosphere and unity exited in our party before he was democratically elected as chairman of the Western Region of NDC.
Also, Nana Toku open campaign for John Mahama and some other NDC Parliamentary aspirants in the region is a clear manifestation of electoral manipulation, incompetence, lack of quality leadership roles, selfishness, lack of credibility and integrity about the electoral process of the upcoming NDC Presidential primaries on 23th February, 2019 and a breach of NDC’s constitution.