The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) could lose its grip on the Northern region, the party’s ‘second world bank’, a constituency organizer has warned.
Deputy constituency organizer of the NDC in the Savelugu constituency, Alhaji Rauf Abubakar told Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey, a false hope about the party’s grip over the region has been sold to President John Mahama.
“Those riding in Land Cruisers making noise are not helping the president at all….I expect them to be good listeners to hit the ground and know what is happening”, he expressed frustration.
His comments come as President John Mahama visits the region for a campaign tour.
Abubakar warned that the threats of failed NDC parliamentary aspirants going independent are increasing.
“We have more people from the NDC going independent, master, including my own constituency,” he expressed alarm.
He mentioned at least three constituencies where failed NDC parliamentary aspirants are breaking away from the party which could give an advantage to the main opposition NPP.
“There are certain areas that are shaking…others are not yet out,” he said.
The defectors are among the 89 failed parliamentary aspirants who contested the November 2015 primaries and the constituency organizer expects more if nothing is done about the situation.
According to him, intermediaries between the president and the grassroots of the party are not giving the president an accurate account of political happenings.
“Those they trust are not really working. They do not pick calls that is why I have to come on air”
“I am not blaming the president. He is doing a fantastic job but some people are failing him, some people are failing him”
He pointed out the First Lady as a potential peace broker in the escalating political developments.
“Thank God that the First Lady is fighting it herself”, he expressed hope.
He indicated that First Lady Lordina Mahama is trying to convince these people to stay in the party, he believes there is a lot more work to be done.
In a region that has been considered as one of the strongholds of the ruling NDC, the New Patriotic Party won ten out of the 31 parliamentary seats in the 2012 general elections.
In addition to its hold on Bimbilla and Zabzugu, the NPP recaptured Chereponi, which it lost to the NDC in 2008, won Tatale-Sanguli, Yagaba/Kubori and some others.