By Maxwell Ofori
A former Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Collins Dauda, has descended into the gutter of tribal politics by telling a section of his constituents that Northerners in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have no better future.
According to him, Northerners who join the NPP do so at their own risk, because their lives would come to a standstill.
In a minute and fifty-four seconds video The Chronicle has sighted, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South was clearly heard preaching tribalism. He advised northern parents and children who belong to the NPP to have a change of mind.
The comments from the former minister have sparked controversy on social media, with many condemning and describing it as recipe for tribal disorder in the country.
It is on record that the two main political parties – NPP and National Democratic Congress (NDC) – have had either a Northerner as a presidential or vice presidential candidate.
For instance, in the previous NPP government under former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Mr Aliu Mahama, a Northerner, was the Vice President. Under the late Professor John Evans Atta-Mill’s administration, Mr John Mahama, a Northerner, was the Vice President, and later became President. Currently, the Vice President of the country is also a Northerner, chosen by the NPP.
Speaking in the Akan language, Mr Collins Dauda claimed one of the two parliamentary candidate hopefuls of the NPP in his constituency had gone on radio to campaign on tribal lines.
The NPP has two candidates – “One is Aliu Suraj, and the other is Yaw Owusu Brempong. One of them has gone on radio to say that vote for him. They have tried to defeat Northerners. When we want to defeat a Northern then you come with another one.”
“If you are an NPP and a Northerner in this constituency, just understand that your destiny will be [at] a standstill. You will never be an MP. They have been told.
“They said they won’t overthrow a Northerner and bring another Northerner. You are also a Northerner following NPP. Your children are going to school. You are taking care of your child in the university. When he/she completes and wants to do politics and follow you to join NPP, he/she has no future,” he said in the local language, which has been translated by this reporter, while addressing a section of his supporters in his constituency recently.
On the contrary, he claimed that, “for NDC, we don’t discriminate. The only thing needed is for you to live a good life. If you live a good life in NDC, whether you are a Frafra, Dagomba, Dagati, Moshie or Fulani, we will support and push you to go forward. For them (NPP) they’ve told you that you will never move forward.”