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NDC’S COLLINS DAUDA INCITES NORTHERNERS AGAINST NPP

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The MP for Asutifi South and former Minister of Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, appears to have resumed the NDC’s dirty politics of inciting Northerners against the NPP, claiming that they have no future in the governing party.

The MP for Asutifi South and former Minister of Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, appears to have resumed the NDC’s dirty politics of inciting Northerners against the NPP, claiming that they have no future in the governing party.

 

In an audio recording of the MP at a recent meeting in his Ahafo Region constituency with NDC executives and members, Collins Dauda is heard making wild and unfounded allegations against the NPP.

“If you are a Northerner and also a member of the NPP, understand that you don’t have any future and you are destined for failure,” he is heard saying on the recording, speaking Asante Twi.

The MP, whose brother “boasted” that he killed human beings every day in the run-up to the 2016 general elections, appears visibly shaken by the looming prospect of defeat in next year’s parliamentary election. He therefore seems to be employing all kinds of tactics to retain the seat.

Tribal card

In playing the tribal card, Alhaji Collins Dauda conveniently forgot that the sitting Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and a sizeable number of the NPP’s top functionaries are Northerners.

He claimed further, “... you can never become an MP in this constituency for the NPP if you are a Northerner.

“For us in the NDC, we don’t discriminate. All that is required is for you to lead a responsible life.
“Whether or not you are Frafra, Dagomba, Dagarti, Mossi, Fulani, we will support you to move forward,” he told the audience.

Disgraceful

Some commentators on social media have described the NDC man’s utterances as not just disgraceful, but divisive.

For instance, P K Sarpong, writing under the headline “Whispers from the corridors of the thinking place”, advised Alhaji Dauda to “disembroil himself from his tribal dogmatism”.

“Having gone to Parliament for many years, one would have expected that his advanced years could dictate to him to offload certain traits which are inimical to the peace and unity of the very people he has led over the years,” Mr Sarpong wrote.

The writer said the MP’s divisive remarks are not supported by the evidence on the ground, and that the likes of Vice-President Bawumia, Hassan Tampuli, chief executive of the National Petroleum Authority, and Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, the Minister for Business Development, are all serving in the Akufo-Addo government even though they are from the North.

“To him, the NDC is the party for the people of the North. Meanwhile, where he is an MP is not in the northern part of the country. Such a senseless statement from someone who should know better galls me.
“So those who vote for him and the NDC who are not from the North are not humans enough? When will these people realise that we have gone far and that these things have gradually taken the back seat?” he asked.