From Edmond Gyebi, Walewale
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, Lord Sulley Abudu Zakaria escaped death by God’s intervention, when foot soldiers of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) embarked on a massive demonstration to remove him from office on Wednesday, this week.
The party leaders and their founding fathers have now given the DCE a 24 hour ultimatum to park his official Nissan Navara vehicle and also vacate both his office and official residence, or be prepared for any consequences.
Hundreds of aggrieved NDC members, with the exception of the Constituency Chairman and the Youth Organizer, on Wednesday January 5, 2011, embarked on massive demonstration in Walewale to back their demand for the immediate removal of the DCE, for allegedly disintegrating the party and also mismanaging his administration.
Clad in red and black shirts, with red bands around their heads, wrists and necks, as well as wielding placards with despicable inscriptions, the NDC members almost overpowered the over 40 armed Police men deployed from Tamale to join forces with those in Walewale, when they angrily besieged the offices of the West Mamprusi District Assembly.
Fortunately, the DCE had already vanished from his office at the time the crowd got to the place, but the NDC supporters insisted on searching through the offices to present a copy of their resolution to the DCE, for onward transmission to the office of the President.
The NDC Constituency Executives and their supporters are alleging that Mr. Lord Zakaria, apart from his failure to implement the Better Ghana Agenda of the President, had also displayed gross arrogance and disrespect for almost all the party executives, and even some traditional authorities.
The immediate past Presiding Member of the District Assembly, Abdulai Issah, was also at the forefront of the demonstration, and attested to the alleged appalling conduct of the DCE, which he said had affected his personal relationship with other members of the District Security Committee (DISEC) and most core staff of the assembly.
In their petition, the NDC officials threatened to physically remove the DCE from office, since their previous two demonstrations and petitions sent to the President, John Evans Atta Mills and the Regional Executives, had not yielded any results.
They, however, threatened further to withdraw their services from the party, if the DCE, Lord Sulley Abudu Zakariah was not fired immediately.
According to the NDC members, the DCE, who was at loggerheads with almost all the Constituency Executives, had on several occasions refused to welcome them to his office or residence, anytime they tried to discuss serious party matters with him.
What seems to have broken the camel’s back was when almost 85% of all the aspiring Assembly members, fielded and sponsored by the NDC in the just-ended District Level Elections lost their seats to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NDC), due to the alleged behaviour of the DCE towards the elders and chiefs of the area. At the moment, the NPP has the majority of 25 assembly members as against 12 of the NDC.
“We demand the immediate removal of Hon. Lord Sulley Abudu Zakaria from office as the DCE of our peaceful West Mamprusi District before the close of work today the 5th of January 2011. We have also resolved that his official vehicle be parked for the survival of the party or else we the executives will withdraw our services until action is taken.
Lord Sulley Abudu has in the past five months exhibited high level of wickedness and gross disrespect for elders, opinion leaders and party members who gave us the mandate to rule as a governing party” they asserted.
The NDC activists were of the view that if the DCE was not fired, the party was likely to lose in the area, in the 2012 general elections.